Medics Aid Fans in Crammed Public Transit

But NJ transit officials deny witness testimonies
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Fans Pass Out in 'Sauna' Transit to Super Bowl
Football fans make their way to trains on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Secaucus, NJ.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A massive crush of passengers heading to Super Bowl XLVIII overwhelmed the New Jersey transit system today and caused several passengers to pass out, Gawker reports. "We got off there and it was like sardines in a can," a 28-year-old Pittsburgh resident tells the Star-Ledger of the crowd at Penn Station. Witnesses said emergency responders pushed through the sweaty hordes at Secaucus Junction train station to help people who had collapsed, but New Jersey transit officials said no one passed out and no emergency crews arrived, CBS New York reports. Today's game has been lauded as the first public-transit Super Bowl, but an all-time-high 27,000 passengers used the state's transit system today—more than the 12,000 to 15,000 that were expected. (Read more Super Bowl stories.)

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