Snarled commute looms after passenger trains collide in NYC

Commuters to both New Jersey and Long Island faced a difficult journey home Friday evening after two passenger trains clipped each other during the morning rush at Penn Station, jolting riders and creating major travel disruptions but causing no serious injuries.

The accident involved an Amtrak Acela Express train headed from Boston to Washington that partially derailed as it slowly pulled out of the station at around 9 a.m.

As it listed, it scraped the side of a New Jersey Transit train that was coming into the station, the busiest in the U.S., officials said.

New Jersey Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said the agency would operate limited outbound service from New York on Friday evening because of reduced track capacity. Snyder said NJ Transit won’t be able to use 11 of its regular tracks and would instead share tracks with Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road. The LIRR warned its riders to expect cancellations and delays, especially from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Service on NJ Transit’s Midtown Direct Line will operate in and out of Hoboken.

NJ Transit tickets will be cross-honored on PATH rail service, NY Waterway ferries and both NJ Transit and private bus service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Snyder said.

The collision occurred at a spot just short of the platforms where inbound evening trains often pause to let outbound trains pass by due to track congestion.

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