Derailments and delays plagued Metro-North on Monday, as high winds downed trees throughout the region and left the passenger rail scrambling to restore service for rush hour. Metro-North said Harlem Line Service was suspended until further notice between Hartsdale and Mount Kisco due to downed trees and a single rail car that derailed after hitting a tree near Hawthorne. Service was running between Grand Central Terminal and North White Plains, and between Mount Kisco and Wassaic.
The tree appears to have fallen on the tracks just north of Hawthorne station, off of Commerce Street. An oncoming southbound train hit the tree and shattered it into pieces, derailing the back wheels of the front car.
There were no injuries among the 200 or so passengers on the train; they were transferred to a relief train to Grand Central. A crane will be used to lift the front car so service can be restored.
Just after 1 p.m., Metro-North also tweeted the New Haven Line was experiencing 30 minutes delays due to downed trees in Old Greenwich. The suspensions come as meteorologists warn damaging winds with gusts as high as 60 mph are possible throughout the day Monday.
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