Amtrak NY Penn 4 for 4 and more: Chaos runs amok

April 15, 2017

Train stuck in tunnel nearly 3 hours, then stun gun sparks stampede

By The Associated Press, Fox News, April 15, 2017

A train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday, and the chaotic scene escalated to pandemonium when Amtrak police used a stun gun to subdue a disruptive man in a station, sparking a stampede.

It was the latest in a series of recent rail problems plaguing the metropolitan area.

The New Jersey Transit train became disabled in the Hudson River tunnel late Friday afternoon, when Amtrak was experiencing overhead power problems. A New Jersey Transit spokeswoman said the train finally reached New York’s Penn Station in the early evening.

The overcrowded train station erupted in panic when Amtrak police used a Taser to subdue a man who was causing a disturbance. New York police said the use of the Taser led to false rumors of gunshots at the station. People screamed and ran, leaving the station strewn with abandoned bags. The nearby Macy’s department store was briefly locked down. Sixteen people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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Power issues leave 1,200 N.J. Transit passengers stranded at NY Penn Station

By Rajeev Dhir,, April 14, 2017

NEW YORK — About 1200 passengers were stranded on a New Jersey Transit train at New York Penn Station Friday afternoon.

An NJ Transit spokeswoman said the problem was due to an Amtrak power problem and was affecting all service to the northeast corridor.

The train was heading into the station when it became disabled, she said.

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LIRR: Friday morning commute normal after third rail outage

By Joan Grall, Newsday, April 13, 2017

Beleaguered Long Island Rail Road customers should enjoy a smooth morning rush hour on Friday after Amtrak fixed a third rail outage at Penn Station that disrupted part of the Thursday evening rush hour, officials said.

“At this point we have no indication there would be any continuing impact to tomorrow morning’s commute,” an LIRR spokesman said Thursday night after seven eastbound trains were canceled.

The latest glitch at Penn Station — the third in less than a month — was first tweeted by the LIRR at about 5:15 p.m.

Once again, a NJ Transit train might have been the culprit.

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