Stuck in Lincoln Tunnel for 4 hours!

2/25/2011:

Lincoln Tunnel Tale from a Hoboken Resident

Stuck under the Hudson River – for FOUR hours!

One Hoboken resident was stuck behind that harrowing accident yesterday – involving two NJ Transit Buses, a jitney and a motorcycle. Over 60 people were hurt in the tube collision under the Hudson. She detailed what it was like being in the tube for that long.

Claustrophobic to be stuck in tunnel!

The reader sent various brief emails throughout the ordeal – such as:

  • “Stuck on 126 bus. Although I see some flashing lights. Maybe we’ll move soon. May want to advise for ferry.”
  • “Officer says we need to be patient, they are going to back bus up and get all you’s outta here. They can’t move the bus because there’s a motorcycle underneath, good thing it’s an NYC officer or he would have to clear his statement with the mayor.
  • “Eesh. Did you know people not allowed to walk in tunnel? Liability or something. No bathroom in tunnel either.”

But recapped the event once she got to work:

I sent my first email around 7:30, finally got out of the tunnel around 11:40.

Very little info. We were close to the accident but not involved. We knew there was an accident and little else… tons of traffic behind us as you can imagine. Mainly commuters on the bus.. I didn’t see any high school students on the bus, but maybe they’re out for school vacation.

Most just surfed the net, emailed, read papers, but once we got to the three hour mark it was tough. For those who tried to push forward, with the excuse of looking for some lavatory facilities…. the police showed handcuffs. Some used an Academy Bus and others. But we knew there was a serious accident and didn’t want to get in the way of the scene. I think they had to wait until the injured were moved. Hopefully they’ll be ok.

Finally they backed us out. They held incoming traffic so we could go through the other tunnel… They moved us to a bus that was going cross town NYC, so I got dropped off close to work. One of the partners joked with me about making it in for lunch… to which I unloaded my tale of woe.

I feel bad for the guy I sat next to. He may have to work Saturday to make up for the lost time.

The hardest part was trying to put out of your mind the fact that you’re in a bus in a tunnel under the river…. And they won’t let you walk.

Do you think it’s wrong to make passengers sit in the tunnel for so many hours? Isn’t there a better way?

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7 Comments on "Stuck in Lincoln Tunnel for 4 hours!"

animal_lover
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animal_lover

That’s the reality when you choose to get on a tunnel bus at rush hour. The chances of having a successful medivac are almost nil.

truth1
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truth1

Doing it in public…are the fines the same as for weekend and St. Pat’s mania in town? LOL

elainetyger
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elainetyger

Oh man I could not have held it in for 4 hours. Not possible. Officer just write me the ticket and do me a favor hand over a blank one for the paper.

spiffy
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spiffy

Liability? Is the tunnel filled with such treacherous conditions that people cannot be trusted to walk without injury? Nonsense!

HansBrix
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HansBrix

The majority of people likely can walk around in that tunnel w/o injury. Some however will get stupid. Some will get stupid then hire a lawyer in an attempt to win the lawsuit lottery. I’m pretty sure the PA is concerned with that far more than anyone’s safety. [quote comment=”203735″]Liability? Is the tunnel filled with such treacherous conditions that people cannot be trusted to walk without injury? Nonsense![/quote]

homeworld
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I’ve run through the tunnel countless times during the Lincoln Tunnel 5k. [quote comment=”203735″]Liability? Is the tunnel filled with such treacherous conditions that people cannot be trusted to walk without injury? Nonsense![/quote]

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Evidently NOT while cars, buses, ambulances and tow truck were idling inside. These can be bad conditions.[quote comment=”203741″]I’ve run through the tunnel countless times during the Lincoln Tunnel 5k. [/quote]

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