Train service east of Bridgehampton resumed late Wednesday afternoon, according to the MTA. All repairs on the North Main Street Bridge, which was damaged after a garbage truck failed to meet its height clearance, are complete.
“The concerted effort of LIRR employees assures the full restoration of service to the East End of Long Island in plenty of time for the Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of the busy summer season,” according to a press release issued by the organization.
The Long Island Rail Road said it is continuing to repair damage to the trestle caused by a garbage truck on Tuesday morning. Mr. Arena said the MTA will run test trains through the area throughout the afternoon. It is still unclear as to when full service will be restored.
The Long Island Rail Road said Tuesday night that it expects that buses will continue to replace trains at East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk on Wednesday. The substitute bus service is necessary while LIRR crews work around the clock to repair structural damage to the LIRR bridge over North Main Street in East Hampton. The bridge was struck by a garbage truck being operated by a private sanitation company at about 9:20 a.m.
North Main Street in East Hampton was shut down on Tuesday morning after a garbage truck hit a trestle, damaging the bridge and tracks, according to East Hampton Village Police. No one was injured, police said, but train service to Montauk was temporarily halted.
According to the MTA, trains will go as far as the Speonk stop. From there, buses, which will arrive in accordance with train arrivals, will drop off passengers at every train stop from Speonk to Montauk.
“A sanitation truck tried to navigate under the bridge and the driver did not realize he didn’t have clearance to drive the truck underneath the bridge,” said Salvatore Arena, a spokesperson for the MTA. “He damaged the bridge and the tracks and we’ve been working on repairs since about 2 this afternoon.”
The MTA has brought in a crane to perform repairs, which Mr. Arena thought would continue into this evening. As for tomorrow, trains are expected to run as far as Bridgehampton, with buses picking up passengers from that stop and dropping them off at every station east to Montauk.