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New Jersey transit train derails heading into Penn Station

Commuters line up to take an escalator at Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan on Wednesday.

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Commuters line up to take an escalator at Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan on Wednesday.

A New Jersey Transit train derailed in Pennsylvania Station on Wednesday morning, the third such episode to take place in recent months, slowing the morning commute in what has become a familiar ritual for passengers.

The train, which had no riders, was traveling from Sunnyside Yard in Queens when its engine derailed about 4:25 a.m., said Lisa Torbin, a New Jersey Transit spokeswoman.

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The train’s cars blocked five tracks at Penn Station, causing 20-minute delays. No injuries were reported. By 6:30 a.m., New Jersey Transit said, delays were minimal.

The derailment, the third for New Jersey Transit and the fourth in six months, underscored the unpredictability of rail service. An Amtrak train derailed in March, and New Jersey Transit trains derailed in April and July.

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The delays on Wednesday did not quite measure up to the “Summer of Hell” that many commuters have come to expect, but it did leave some briefly in purgatory.

A Twitter user, Ernesto Alamo, commenting on the frequency of such accidents, wrote: “Minor derailment. At this point it’s comical.”

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