Commute Friday a nightmare on the rails and roads


A string of accidents and mishaps fouled the travel plans of thousands of commuters in northern New Jersey Friday night, adding yet more stress to a day that also saw widespread power outages in the region.

A man was struck by a train on the Port Jervis rail line at the Kingsland station in Lyndhurst around 5:39 p.m., a spokesman for NJ Transit said. The man, who is believed to have been standing on the platform close to the tracks when he was hit, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Commuters between Hoboken and Port Jervis were experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes as a result, the spokesman said.

The delays were even longer on the Morris and Essex and Montclair Boonton lines, with riders suffering delays of up to an hour due to a signal problem at Broad Street in Newark. The cause of the problem was still under investigation Friday night, the spokesman said.

There was no reprieve for many motorists either, with authorities closing down the western spur of the New Jersey Turnpike in both directions between Newark and Ridgefield, the state Department of Transportation said. The roadway was closed due to an accident investigation and fog.

Bus riders heading into and out of the Port Authority terminal in New York were delayed by up to an hour or more because of the Turnpike lane closure, NJ Transit said.

Paul Milo may be reached at pmilo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@PaulMilo2. Find NJ.com on Facebook.  

 

 

 



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