Newburyport/Rockport Line snarled by train broken down in tunnel

"Newburyport/Rockport trains are experiencing significant delays in both directions," the MBTA Commuter Rail said on Twitter.

Lane Turner / The Boston Globe, File

An inbound Newburyport/Rockport Line train broke down near Salem Station Thursday, snarling the morning commute for rail riders with reported delays of over an hour.

The train, which left Rockport Station at 6:30 a.m., was bound for North Station. Commuter rail officials reported the issue on Twitter at 7:25 a.m.

Officials then said Train 156 originating from Newburyport would connect with with the broken-down Rockport train, which commuter rail officials later said was stuck in the Salem tunnel.

Salem is a single-track station, so both inbound and outbound trains were stuck as a result, according to an official aboard one of the line’s stopped trains.

While train crews had the trains hooked up, commuter rail officials said “there’s an issue creating a secure connection with the two trains.” Another train’s crew stopped nearby was attempting to help.

Officials then said at 8:16 a.m. that the entire line “may experience significant delays” because of the broken train.

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