Say a solemn prayer for our brothers and sisters from the Island of Long tonight, for a freight train derailment near Hicksville is expected to cause an extra-frustrating evening commute. According to the MTA, the train derailed shortly after 1 p.m. today just west of the Hicksville Station, and some derailed train cars are currently blocking one of the two tracks used by trains on the Ronkonkoma Branch and Port Jefferson Branch. See for yourself:

Hapless LIRR commuters are being told to "anticipate delays and cancelations" during today’s evening rush hour, currently underway. The LIRR will only be operating trains over one of its usual two tracks between Westbury and Hicksville, and the MTA says "other branches will be impacted as well, as the railroad works systemwide to readjust its equipment and available train slots within the new operating constraints."

Here's more from the downer announcement:

All westbound service from Port Jefferson, Huntington and Ronkonkoma to Jamaica will be canceled between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the railroad is canceling about one third of normal eastbound rush hour service. Some eastbound trains will bypass Carle Place and Westbury. Customers for those two stations who are on a train that bypasses them will be able to catch a bus at Hicksville for service to the stations.

After 8 p.m., the LIRR will continue to operate with reduced service throughout the evening and overnight hours as crews work to re-rail the derailed train and repair hundreds of feet of damaged rails.

Customers traveling during the rush hour and overnight tonight should pay attention to the news media for the latest updates, monitor Service Status on the MTA’s website, subscribe to email and text alerts, follow @LIRR on Twitter, and listen for announcements at stations.

(On the plus side, the Buffalo Chicken Wings at Kabooz's in Penn Station are the fucking BOMB.)

There were no injuries reported as a result of the derailment, but the cause remains under investigation. The MTA says the freight train was carrying construction debris, and insists "no hazardous materials were being transported. Crews are working to re-rail the derailed cars, a process that involves a crane and could take several hours. They will then inspect the rails and repair any damage."