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LIRR: Railroad forced to cut power when passengers leave halted train


BABYLON, New York — The MTA says it was forced to cut power on the Babylon Branch when some passengers climbed out on the tracks after a LIRR train was halted because it appeared to have hit debris.

Spokesman Salvatore Arena tells Newsday ( ) delays extended for about 90 minutes Thursday partly because of the riders who ignored safety rules.

He says the Babylon-bound train ran into an "unknown object" around 6 p.m. It was halted about 1,000 feet from the Bellmore station. Arena says the crew contacted police and searched for the debris but none was found.

He says passengers were kept informed but about 10 passengers left and headed for the station.

Consequently, he says LIRR cut power and ultimately suspended service between Jamaica and Babylon.

Power was restored around 7:40 p.m.

Information from: Newsday,

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