Train stuck in N.Y. tunnel for 3 hours

NEW YORK (AP) — A train with about 1,200 passengers on board became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday, 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 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.

A passenger from the disabled train became belligerent and sparked a stampede among passengers leaving the overcrowded station, but police said reports that gunshots were fired at the station were false.

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

Sanati said she and her husband were headed for the New York International Auto Show when they boarded the train in Secaucus, New Jersey, at Secaucus Junction, the last New York-bound stop before Penn Station.

She said shortly after the train entered the tunnel to go under the Hudson River, they felt a bump on the side of the train and saw sparks.

“About 30 seconds later, the train just came to a complete stop,” Sanati said.

The power went out except for emergency lights, and so did the air conditioning, said Sanati, who made video of the darkened car.

“It got really hot really fast, with that many people crammed together,” she said.

As riders waited and plans changed — they were told that the train would be towed, then that it would be evacuated.

By Chad Fleck

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