Train stuck in tunnel 3 hours, latest New York area rail woe

Jerome Frank
April 15, 2017

A New Jersey Transit train stalled just west of Penn Station late Friday afternoon, a spokeswoman for NJ Transit confirmed.

A man in the Amtrak waiting area of the station had become belligerent and Amtrak police used a Taser on him, authorities said.

It was later released that two people in Penn Station had been taken into custody by Amtrak police for "disobeying orders".

Around 1,200 passengers were trapped in the tunnel from around 4 p.m.to 6 p.m. A New Jersey Transit train with about 1,200 passengers aboard was stuck in a Hudson River tunnel between NY and N.

There were no reports of injuries, NJ Transit said. In particular, it was an "overhead power problem" in the tunnel that caused the train to get stuck, according to NJ Transit. Trains were still using one track between NY and New Jersey when the commotion broke out.

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Adam Rosen, a chemical engineer going to Hamilton, New Jersey, said, "They keep extending the delays from 45 minutes to 90 minutes and now indefinitely".

"We were about to start to wrap up our operations when we saw the ensuing panic begin to start on the platform", FDNY Deputy Fire Chief Tom Currao said Friday night.

When the situation had calmed down, commuters returned to the station to continue their rides home or gather their belongings. NJ Transit was already operating on a modified holiday schedule.

Amtrak workers are in the tunnel assessing the extent of the damage. Last week, an NJ Transit train derailed on its way into Penn Station, injuring five passengers and causing a ripple effect of delays and service problems across the system.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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