Amtrak train derails outside New York's Penn Station

NEW YORK Mon Feb 7, 2011 5:42pm EST

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The engine of an Amtrak train headed for Boston derailed outside Penn Station on Monday, forcing off 147 passengers and blocking a tunnel for the evening commute, authorities said.

"It was the power car that derailed," said Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds. "There were no injuries."

The Amtrak train, traveling from Washington to Boston, had just left Penn Station when it derailed at about 12:25 p.m. local time in Sunnyside, Queens. All 147 passengers on board were transferred to a train that took them back to Penn Station, where they boarded the next Amtrak train to Boston.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Sal Arena said the derailed car was blocking travel through one of two East River tunnels, used by Long Island Railroad trains.

"It doesn't become a problem for us until rush hour," said Arena. He said LIRR had to cancel 16 of its 125 evening rush hour trains and extensive delays were expected.

Neither Amtrak or the MTA knew when normal service would resume.

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