Panic and chaos at New York Penn Station following NJ Transit delays

Panic and chaos at New York Penn Station following NJ Transit delays

A stampede broke out at rush hour among crowds of waiting passengers at New York's Penn Station after false reports of gunfire at the country's busiest train station.

No deaths occurred in the incident and all of the sustained injuries were deemed non-life-threatening, authorities said, according to CNN. Bystanders mistook the popping sound of the taser for a gunshot and began to run away, which in turn triggered a chain reaction of panic throughout the station. Two people were taken into custody for ignoring the officers' orders and one of them was tased.

Amtrak says the man tackled by police was not a passenger on the disabled train.

The stampede happened Friday evening after a New Jersey Transit train with 1,200 passengers aboard made it to the station after being stuck in a Hudson River tunnel for almost three hours.

A NJ TRANSIT train lost power in the Northeast Corridor tunnel as it approached Penn Station around 3 p.m., CBS New York reports.

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"I was on the train for about three and a half hours", passenger Johnny Martinez said. Customers should expect delays between NY and Newark, NJ until power is restored.

In a tweet Friday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated that "no shots were fired at Penn Station" that evening.

Amtrak workers are in the tunnel assessing the extent of the damage.

Riders at Penn Station were beyond frustrated to once again find themselves stranded and trying to out of Manhattan - and this time on a holiday weekend.

NJ Transit says it's working with Amtrak to determine the cause of the problem.

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