NJ Transit commuters delayed due to small fire near New York's Penn Station

A transformer fire near New Yorks Penn Station caused major delays for NJ Transit commuters during the evening rush hour Monday. All trains to and from Penn Station were halted for about three hours, and hundreds of commuters were rerouted at Newark Penn Station. As of Monday night, NJ Transit trains were running on or close to schedule.

Firefighters responded to the fire on tracks used by Amtrak in an East River tunnel around 1 p.m. Thousands of commuters were evacuated from Penn Station after the explosion, which fire officials say was the likely cause of the smoke condition near the station.

Some commuters were able to take buses to the Metropark hub or PATH trains, which were unaffected by the fire. Many people say they were not well informed of the delays or of the destinations of their alternate trains.

Five civilians were taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The cause of the transformer explosion is under investigation.

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