Train stuck in tunnel between NJ, NY finally makes it out

Apr 16, 2017, 02:00
Train stuck in tunnel between NJ, NY finally makes it out

The station was particularly crowded due to delays on a New Jersey Transit train and the evening rush hour ahead of the holiday weekend.

An incident involving Amtrak police and a taser caused panic at Penn Station Friday afternoon.

The "bad Friday" commute began with NJ Transit train Northeast Corridor train #3850 with 1,200 people on board got stuck in the Hudson River tunnel heading for NY around 3:25 p.m. because of a power outage Amtrak said occurred on the west side of the station. People screamed and ran, leaving the station strewn with abandoned bags.

Amtrak workers are in the tunnel assessing the extent of the damage.

No real gun shots were actually fired, but the pandemonium resulted in the injury of at least 16 people, CNN reports.

The Daily News exclusively reported Wednesday that Port Authority Police and state troopers have been butting heads at JFK and LaGuardia Airports as they patrol the same areas and try to find ways to work together.

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One passenger from Friday's train, Mia Sanati, described a scene of confusion.

"About 30 seconds later, the train just came to a complete stop", Mrs Sanati said. Without power for air conditioning, the temperature had steadily risen and passengers got antsy, he said.

But as always, even in the most stressful of situations, some people did the unthinkable: they banded together and made friends. Witnesses who got off a train as the panic began say they saw a "wave of screaming, falling people".

Officials said people traveling between NY and New Jersey can expect to experience delays of about 90 minutes. Long Island Rail Road trains are also delayed because of the incident, and two of the agencies trains - one to Babylon and one to Long Beach - have been cancelled, said spokesman Aaron Donovan. "This is the worst".

New Jersey Transit executive director Steven Santoro told affected passengers: "We deeply apologise for your experience, and I would like to hear from you".

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said the railroad was working with Amtrak to determine the cause of the problem.