Published: May 19, 2013 10:53 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Some 30,000 commuters are bracing for a difficult trip around southwest Connecticut and into New York City starting tomorrow as workers repair the Metro-North commuter rail line.
    
It was crippled Friday evening by a derailment and crash.
    
Officials say crews will work around the clock but it will take several days to repair the 2,000 feet of track, overhead wires and signals.
    
Jim Cameron, chairman of a commuter group, the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, said he's asked officials in numerous towns to suspend parking rules to accommodate what could be tens of thousands of commuters driving to unaffected train stations.
    
Seventy-two people were sent to the hospital after the crash Friday evening. Nine remain hospitalized.
    
Service is suspended between South Norwalk and New Haven.