Dan Stamm

Equipment Derails, Forces PATCO to Cancel Trains While on Emergency Schedule

PATCO riders should be prepared to take some more time to get where they are going Monday morning as the public transit system operated on an emergency schedule as crews work to remove a derailed piece of construction equipment.

A knuckleboom loader used for lifting railroad ties derailed around 1 a.m. Monday near the Woodcrest Station in South Jersey, said PATCO.

Two workers were treated at an area hospital and released, said PATCO. No passengers were involved.

As crews continued to clear the derailment, PATCO operated two fewer trains between 7:03 and 8:03 a.m. and warned commuters that trains would depart at adjusted times.

A short time later, PATCO warned commuters to expect trains to depart five to 10 minutes late. And, the emergency schedule remained in effect past 9:30 a.m.

PATCO promised to keep riders updated on its website.

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