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Freight Train Derails in New York

September 18, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Double-stacked freight train cars struck an overpass on Friday and derailed, knocking out a rail line shortly before tens of thousands of commuters headed for their trains.

``I’m hating every minute of it,″ said Jeff Lemming, an Atlanta businessman who was trying to find a way out of the city to Connecticut.

Commuter rail lines were tied up for hours following the 5 a.m. accident. The 125-car Conrail train struck the overpass about the same time commuter service begins.

Three cars double-stacked with empty containers tipped off the tracks just south of Yankee Stadium. Grand Central Station was quieter than usual all morning.

``Look around,″ said Susannah Kraft, manager of the near-empty America’s Coffee shop at Grand Central. ``Usually this whole space is filled with people.″

Meanwhile, in Socorro, N.M., three train crewmen were battered and bruised Friday when two locomotives and the first 24 cars of a 54-car freight train derailed.

The head car was leaking molasses, but no other leaks were reported.

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