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NJ Transit Train Passengers Treated For Heat Exhaustion at Long Branch Train Station

Approximately 10 transported to Monmouth Medical Center

 

Approximately 10 people aboard a New Jersey Transit Train have been taken to Monmouth Medical Center after passing out from heat exhaustion near the Long Branch Train Station on Thursday night.

Long Branch Police Capt. Jason Roebuck said many of the "kids" were intoxicated and that the train was "overcrowded."

Capt. Roebuck said they were on their way to the Slightly Stoopid concert at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. He said there were also "some small fights" going on in the train.

It is unclear if any arrests have been made at this time.

Capt. Roebuck said the train that was carrying the passengers taken to the hospital is no longer at the Long Branch Train Station.

A similar situation occurred at the Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station on Thursday night.

Nancy Snyder, a spokesperson with NJ Transit Police Department, said she the agency had not received reports of fights on trains.

"I know we are assisting with crowd control and assisting local police departments with crowd control," Snyder said. "Rail service is running on schedule."

This is a breaking news story and it will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

Bernadette Tetro August 04, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I was on the platform at the Long Branch Station last night. I was a hard core party hard rocker back in the day. I'm now 48 with teenage kids. I have NEVER experienced or witnessed what I did last night EVER. Let me elaborate on the sketchy facts. When the train pulled into Long Branch and the doors opened there was chaos, drunken teens screeching loudly bolting out of the train they were running across the platform for the connecting train. It took 10+ minutes for everyone to exit the train. I could not believe the number of passengers that just kept emerging from the cars. They proceeded to fill the cars like sardines in a can trying to cram themselves in far enough to allow the doors to close. NO EXAGGERATION The transit conductors had NO WAY TO CONTROL THEM. 80% of the teens had open containers were visibly intoxicated,and or high. The car I was standing by had a few guys and a girl trying to squeeze themselves into this car. This was A tragedy waiting to happen the other passengers on the platform with me were as dumbfounded as Iwas. The extreme heat & humidity combined with lack of air & rise of temp from the number of bodies in the cars this girl fell out of the car to the ground UNCONSCIOUS. I was very concerned they couldn't find a pulse I saw no indication that she was still breathing. The conductors radio'd for help. 2 Transit cops finally showed up after 10 minutes they then called for back up from police and EMT's. cont'd
Bernadette Tetro August 04, 2012 at 02:45 AM
cont'd p2.... The doors to the train that they emerged from were no longer opened I asked why I was told they had 3 bodies passed out in 2 of the cars, once they were removed, the cars were being removed from the tracks because they were covered in beer and vomit. There were several police cars, unmarked cars & ambulances that responded. Cops were putting on riot gear & bullet proof vests. The roads were closed kids ran off the platform into the street some searching for cabs some evading the possibility of arrest. Iwas shocked to find that the train jammed with all those kids left the station, only a small percentage of kids remained on the platform. I cannot believe they transported that many passengers with no regard to safety. I walked across the street to the Dunkin Donuts to wait for my ride and out in front is a girl puking on the sidewalk a little further down another girl swaying down the sidewalk before she leaned against a storefront and puked. When my ride finally made it thru to pick me up we head towards Ocean Ave there were teenagers staggering blindly in the middle of the street. We had to pull off to the side to avoid him walking into our car we stopped and yelled at him and his girlfriend to get up onto the sidewalk before they get hit by a car.
Bernadette Tetro August 04, 2012 at 02:46 AM
WNEW NY had beach parties every memorial day weekend and labor day weekend with a line up of major national bands performing. 50,000 people on the beach from dawn to dark. Nothing remotely similiar to this took place at any of the beach parties I attended which were most. Asbury Park had how many people attending Bon Jovi's Bamboozle concert despite the concerns of local residents the concert did not destroy the town or overburden law enforcement with criminal behavior. There was no chaos or riotous behavior. I personally would have loved to have seen police load every kid on that train into buses and booked every one that failed a breathalyzer. Then arrest the transit workers that allowed minors onto the train with open containers as well as jeopardize the safety of other passengers by overcrowding the train.
Austin August 04, 2012 at 04:07 AM
okay allow me to first say that Bernadette is just about 100% right on the account of what happened. I can say this because I was a kid on that train going to PNC. I myself agree that the ride was out of control and never in all my years of taking the train to PNC have I ever seen it that bad. The point I would like to make in my comment is instead of putting all on the kids lets put it on NJ Transit, the neighboring towns and most importantly the free shuttle rides from the station to PNC. Lets face it we have all been kids before...some when the drinking age was 18 and some as it stands now, but either way you know that as a kid if you know you can get away with something like underage drinking on a train ride to a concert with all your friends then yeah lets face it AS an teenager yeah..!! your probably gonna live it up and have a good time. If we all thought we would get in trouble or possibly not make it to a concert we already payed to see we would all find different means of transportation, but because we all know that we can 1. not have to buy a train ticket because theres always to many kids to check and 2.openly drink as much alcohol as we possibly can on the way up then why on earth would we ever wanna find a different ride. Half the fun for us is just the adventure of getting there. I understand it ruins a lot of peoples commutes but NJ transit and local police allow it to be a shit show.
Owen M August 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I think the real problem here is that you guys are jealous of how much fun we have.

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