NEW YORK (AP) _ A Conrail freight train pulling 125 cars derailed near Yankee Stadium this morning, igniting a fire and disrupting rush-hour travel for thousands.

The train, which started out from Selkirk, N.Y., was almost at its destination in the south Bronx when a freight car that was apparently too tall struck an overpass, officials said.

Three empty cars toppled, Conrail said.

The fire was controlled within a half hour. No one was injured.

The 4:45 a.m. accident forced a halt in commuter service between Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan and points north of the city during the early part of the morning rush.

``It's been quiet all morning,'' said Susannah Kraft, manager of the near-empty America's Coffee shop at Grand Central. ``Look around: Usually this whole space is filled with people.''

By 8 a.m., much of the commuter service was restored.