NJ Transit service restored after metal bracket pierced roof of train

September 08, 2018 - 9:05 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Nearly 1,000 people had to be rescued from two NJ Transit trains this morning after both were struck by debris inside tunnels near Penn Station.

NJ Transit said a Northeast Corridor train was headed into Penn Station and became disabled when Amtrak wires dislodged overhead. The train was carrying around 700 passengers.

Shortly after, a train heading into New Jersey was pierced by a metal bracket. Roughly 300 riders were rescued from the train.

Beckie Bintram was on a disabled train and tells 1010 WINS, "At first we didn't really think it was anything and then we realized something was happening.  We tried to move away to the other side of the train, from where the loud noises came from and then the train eventually stopped."

One woman asked for medical attention for a back pain but there were no other reported injuries.

As a result, there were no Amtrak or NJ Transit trains to or from New York’s Penn Station for hours.

Service was restored with delays at around 9 a.m. Saturday.