Overhead lines fall, piercing train in Hudson River tunnel

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NEW YORK — A piece of metal pierced the roof of one NJ Transit train and another train hit debris Friday night as overhead electrical lines dislodged inside the Hudson River tunnel leading to New York’s Penn Station.

No one was injured in the incident, which shut down service in and out of Penn Station for almost nine hours.

A passenger posted a photo on Twitter of NJ Transit crewmen inspecting the metal that pierced the car, and the New York Times quoted passengers as fearing the train would derail.

One passenger, Kate Brick, 35, of Brooklyn, said windows were blown out on some cars, and a piece of metal punctured but did not penetrate the car she was in. She told the Times, “It was hard not to think about how lucky we were. If it was rush hour, someone would have been standing in the aisle.”

Amtrak, which owns and operates the tunnel, did not know a cause of the accident as of Saturday.

NJ.com reports that repairs in the tunnel were completed by 6 a.m. Monday, allowing a normal or near-normal morning commute.

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