Broken Rail Bridge Causes Major Headaches

Trains were stopped and passengers were transferred to buses after long wait.

By Jeff Saperstone
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:47 AM EDT
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Broken Rail Bridge Causes Major Headaches

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Hundreds of people waited at the East Norwalk train station as they transferred from buses back on to trains.

Service has been restored on Metro-North and Amtrak in the Norwalk area after trains were halted for hours because a 100-year-old bridge malfunctioned.

The Norwalk River Bridge became stuck in the open position after a boat crossed underneath it.

Trains heading northbound and southbound on the main artery of the Northeast Corridor had nowhere to go between the South Norwalk and East Norwalk stations.

Passengers were let off at both stations and busses were provided to go between them. It was a chaotic scene as people were scrambling to get to their ultimate destinations.

Some riders told NBC Connecticut that they were on board stopped trains for two hours before they got off to transfer on to a bus.

One woman described it as a 'nightmare' situation.

Repairs to the bridge took about three hours according to MTA officials.

There's no word on the cause of the malfunction.

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