Mike Appleton  /  AP
Officers inspect the front end of a damaged Long Island Rail Road train at Pennsylvania Station in New York on Monday.
updated 4/19/2004 11:10:43 AM ET 2004-04-19T15:10:43

A commuter train was struck from behind by an empty Amtrak train as they approached Penn Station on Monday morning and at least 130 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

The accident delayed other trains for the morning rush hour.

Both Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road characterized the accident as minor. It happened shortly after 7 a.m. at the Manhattan end of the East River Tunnel, at a point where trains switch from one track to another beneath the streets of mid-Manhattan.

Dozens of commuters with bruises and bloody cuts were led to ambulances outside Penn Station. Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said at least 130 people had minor injuries and some were taken to hospitals.

“No one critical, no one serious, all injuries appear to be minor,” said David Billig, a Fire Department spokesman.

Scoppetta said the Amtrak train rear-ended the LIRR train, which was coming into Manhattan from the Long Island town of Ronkonkoma.

Other LIRR trains heading into Penn Station were delayed 15 to 30 minutes, and some trains stopped in Brooklyn.

Amtrak spokesman Dan Stessel said the Amtrak train was on its way to Penn Station from a rail yard in Queens to pick up passengers for a trip to Washington.

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