​Brawl On Train Blamed On 16 Drunk Passengers

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March 19, 2013

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On Saturday a brawl broke out on an express NJ Transit train resulting in 16 passengers being tossed off at the East Rutherford station.

Two of the unruly passengers received summons for disorderly conduct, and one person acquired medical assistance.

However, there was no arrest made and the five-car train took off again 20 minutes after law enforcement arrived.

“The express train was traveling north on the Bergen/Port Jervis line at 4:20 p.m., when, just 10 minutes into the ride, a fight broke out. The fight forced the train to make an unscheduled stop at the East Rutherford station,” NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said.

There has been no explanation as to what started the brawl. Alcohol consumption during St Patrick’s Day partying may have been a factor.

Gary Poedubicky, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety director, warned about the dangers of consuming large amounts of alcohol on St Patrick’s in a statement, encouraging partygoers to use mass transit or choose a designated driver.

“Whether you are gathering with friends at the local pub or attending a parade, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

“You’ll not only be ensuring your safety, but the safety of everyone else who is sharing the road with you,” Poedubicky says.