Trains Delayed Up to 30 Minutes Into and Out of Penn Station After Wire Problems Temporarily Suspend Service - NBC New York

Trains Delayed Up to 30 Minutes Into and Out of Penn Station After Wire Problems Temporarily Suspend Service

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    Incidents Cause Major Problems for NJ Transit, Amtrak

    Trains traveling into and out of Penn Station were operating on a 30-minute delay Saturday morning after two trains dealt with incidents Friday evening. Ken Buffa reports.

    (Published Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018)

    Trains traveling into and out of Penn Station were operating on a 30-minute delay Saturday after wire problems temporarily suspended service, officials said. 

    Service was suspended in and out of Penn Station on Saturday morning after two different trains were disabled Friday evening stranding hundreds of passengers. Power had been restored to northbound tracks as of 9 a.m. and trains were operating on a 30-minute delay.

    Amtrak didn't have an estimate for restoration of power on the southbound tracks. Crews had  been "working to repair catenary wire problems" at the station around 7:45 a.m., Amtrak said in a tweet.

    PATH was cross-honoring NJ Transit tickets at a number of stations, NJ Transit said. 

    AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson

    The service issues came after passengers had to be rescued from two different trains Friday evening. 

    Passengers riding on a NJ Transit train traveling to Penn Station from Secaucus Friday evening told News 4 New York a metal pole crashed through the roof of their train. 

    A spokeswoman for NJ Transit confirmed that Amtrak overhead wires dislodged around 11:45 p.m., causing a metal bracket above the train to fall onto a train car. 

    Around 700 passengers on the train were transferred to a rescue train. One passenger said she had back pain after the incident, but no one else was injured, the spokeswoman said. 

    Later in the evening, another NJ Transit train that left Penn Station around 11:20 p.m. was heading to Bay Head when it struck a metal object.

    That train was also disabled, and around 350 passengers were moved to a rescue train, the spokeswoman said, adding that no one was injured. 

    In a statement, NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett said the agency "apologizes to all of our rail customers impacted by last night's incident affecting the Hudson River Tunnels." 

    "We're greateful no one was injured and we remain in close contact with Amtrak as part of the ongoing investigation to determine the exact cause of the incident," Corbett said. 

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