500 passengers stranded 5 hours on NY-bound NJ Transit train after storm floods tracks

By Bruce Shipkowski, AP
Saturday, March 13, 2010

500 stranded on NJ Transit train for 5 hours

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Transit officials say 500 passengers have been stranded on a New Jersey Transit northbound train for more than five hours because of flooding on the tracks from a powerful storm.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett says the New York-bound train became stuck before reaching the Rahway station along the Northeast Corridor line. She says emergency workers were unable to reach the train.

She says police have boarded the train, and NJ Transit was to send a diesel engine to transport the commuters to the Rahway station, where busses would meet them.

The storm also knocked out power to more than 165,000 customers across the state.

In Atlantic City, a city police officer was injured when a crane collapsed at a casino construction site and sent debris flying.

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