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Metro-North service restored after East Harlem explosion

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Stopped Metro-North train at 125th St. and Park Ave. Photo credit: Lidia Curanaj Stopped Metro-North train at 125th St. and Park Ave. Photo credit: Lidia Curanaj
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The MTA restored Metro-North train service in and out of Grand Central Terminal Wednesday evening. Earlier, the gas explosion in East Harlem caused a service suspension because the tracks on the Park Avenue viaduct were littered with debris from the blast.

After getting the OK from police and fire officials, Metro-North crews began clearing the debris and structural engineers checked the safety of the elevated tracks. (Video from SkyFoxHD showed crews beginning to remove debris from the tracks at about 2 p.m.)

"Metro-North structural engineers have verified the integrity of the Park Avenue elevated structure," the MTA said in a statement. "And all four tracks have been restored to service after being cleared of debris, inspected for track and third rail integrity and approved for operations by Metro-North and the New York City Fire Department."

The MTA said commuters should expect delays and crowding. Trains will run at slower speeds when passing through the explosion site to "protect nearby employees and reduce vibrations as rescue and recovery work continues."

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