- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Several Long Island Rail Road trains have been delayed after a smoldering track forced passengers on one train to evacuate.

Dozens of passengers were forced to evacuate Thursday at the Forest Hills station from the 6:39 p.m. train from Penn Station to Hempstead.

A railroad spokeswoman says it was caused by smoldering wooden ties on the tracks.

Passenger Mercedes Lucila says she smelt something burning as the train left Penn Station. She says when the train reached Forest Hills, smoke began billowing out from underneath the train.

Lucila says passengers were told to move toward the back of the train and were then evacuated.



No one was injured.

The incident caused minor delays on the nation’s largest commuter rail service, which carries nearly 300,000 passengers on an average weekday.

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