First responders rescue 5 from broken elevator at Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station in Union City


First responders rescued five from a broken elevator at the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station in Union City last night, with two sustaining non-life threatening injuries.

Photo courtesy of George Payan.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 6:00 p.m. yesterday, an elevator at the Bergenline Avenue Light Rail Station located on 49th Street in Union City became stuck approximately 75 feet below ground, said NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

Three customers and two NJ Transit Police Officers were inside. After an elevator technician was unable to make necessary repairs, NJ Transit and Union City police, along with North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue and EMS, performed a rescue operation.

An eyewitness said that the rescue took about three hours. As a result of the incident, all three elevators are out of service until further notice.

Hudson-Bergen Light RailsService is bypassing the Bergenline Avenue station, with a substitute bus service accommodating customers at that station, Snyder added.

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