Bomb scare leads to New Jersey train evacuation

Published on : Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Jersey train evacuationA bomb scare on Monday night led to the evacuation of a New Jersey train.

A passenger riding with his father on a North Jersey Coast Line train going toward Bayhead made serious threats against the railroad at about 6 p.m., New Jersey Transit spokeswoman Jennifer Nelson said.

The disturbing threats forced the conductor to make an emergency stop at Newark Airport, where NJ Transit and Port Authority police rushed to the scene. Up to 800 passengers on-board were brought into the airport as police detained the threatening passenger and his father.

Bomb-sniffing dogs and officers searched the suspect and the train for explosives and found no evidence of an immediate threat, Port Authority police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo told the News.

The father was detained at the Port Authority police station while the son was brought to a hospital for a mental evaluation, police said.

Train service resumed stopping at the airport at about 7:16 p.m., according to the agency. There were no injuries reported.


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