Thousands Of Metro-North Riders Stranded For 2 Hours

IRVINGTON, N.Y. (1010 WINS/ AP) — Thousands of Metro-North Railroad riders were stranded during the Friday morning rush hour while police investigated a suspicious package on the tracks in Westchester County.
Railroad spokesman Dan Brucker says police halted train traffic after an engineer spotted the package around 8:30 a.m. Friday on the Hudson Line in Irvington.

Service was restored about two hours later with delays of up to an hour. The line serves about 25,000 customers on an average weekday.
Brucker estimated that , “well over 10,000” customers had either been stuck on trains, or could not get train service.

“A train heading to New York City was passing by the Irvington station when the engineer saw a suspicious package on the tracks,” said Brucker. “He correctly and immediately stopped his train and radioed in to the operations control center.”
The engineer was ordered to back up. Police stopped other trains in the area and also evacuated the Irvington station.
A few trains were able to make it to stations north and south of Irvington so that those passengers could get off if they wished, said Brucker. There are restrooms aboard the trains, and many people used cell phones to let their bosses know they would be late for work.

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  • A Metro-North commuter

    The real story is how many trains had passed right over the suspicious package earlier that morning without even noticing it. Or worse, noticing it but failing to initiate an investigation. Once a train stopped at Irvington that morning, the package was in plain view right in front of the engineer’s cab window.

    Regarding the MTA’s account of events, not only was the request to investigate the package initiated by several passengers boarding the train (and not the engineer, as Mr. Brucker suggested), the MTA ordered the train engineer to back up the train for an entirely different reason than the piece suggests – – to re-route it onto an express track and proceed straight through Irvington before the investigation even started.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure why the Metro-North spokesperson Dan Brucker said that package was spotted by one of the railroad’s engineers… when in fact it was first spotted by passengers at the Irvington, who then reported what they saw to the conductor on their train. (I was told this by one of the passengers who reported the package to the conductor.)

    This account was also confirmed by the Journal News in the story on this link —

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