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Good Friday Causes Havoc At Penn Station And A Macy’s Lock-Down

Good Friday Causes Havoc At Penn Station And A Macy’s Lock-Down

Penn Station, Good Friday

It all started when a  New Jersey Transit train lost power in the Northeast Corridor tunnel around 3 p.m. late Friday afternoon. Amtrak was already experiencing overhead power problems. For three hours, approximately 1,200 passengers were trapped on board. No lights, no water, no communication. Tensions were already high. One passenger Johnny Martinez stated, “As the time went by, the first hour, people started to get hysterical. Somebody tried to jump off the train. He actually broke the window trying to get out.”Carlos Barrezueta said; “There was no rescue protocol, they had no idea what they were doing. They were changing the instructions. They were saying things inside, like the train blew up.”

Penn Station, Good Friday

By the time the train finally reached New York’s Penn Station in the early evening, emotions were high. The station was packed and the combination of events lead to a chaotic scene that  escalated when a passenger from the disabled train sparked a stampede among passengers. The stampede started when an Amtrak police officer used a Taser on the disruptive person and reports of gunshots were fired. People screamed and ran, leaving the station strewn with abandoned bags. Terrified travelers ran in fear for their lives, leaving behind luggage, clothing and even shoes. The nearby Macy’s department store was briefly locked down.

Penn Station, Good Friday

Sixteen people were injured in the chaos, the FDNY said in a tweet.

Penn Station, Good Friday

“It sounded like gunshots, and then everybody ran down the stairs.”“We came down the back and they told us to come up and leave.”“I just heard everybody running and screaming. I panicked.” These are all quotes by terrified New Yorkers who experianced the disturbing scene.

Penn Station

Six people from the disabled train were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY said.

 

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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