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Smoke in tunnel causes delays at NY Penn Station


NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey Transit trains into and out of New York Penn Station are delayed up to an hour after an earlier smoke condition in an East River tunnel caused a major backup.

New Jersey Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. says smoke in one of the four East River tunnels stopped traffic at about 4 p.m. Friday. It was cleared about an hour later but there have been residual delays.

Durso says the railroad is cross honoring fares with New Jersey Transit buses, private buses and PATH trains.

Amtrak owns the four East River tunnels.

Spokesman Cliff Cole says its trains are also experiencing delays between 30 minutes and an hour. He says the extremely cold weather is in part to blame for the delays.