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Storm leaves thousands stranded in NYC airports, train stations, subways

Travelers stranded by a severe winter storm wait

Travelers stranded by a severe winter storm wait at Penn Station. (Dec. 27, 2010) Credit: AP

Passengers have been stuck for several hours on two New York City subway trains stalled in snow drifts near Kennedy Airport.

NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton says that snow drifts and ice on the third rail have stalled trains at the Broad Channel and Aqueduct stops in Queens, north and south of Kennedy Airport.

A rescue train has been sent to the train stuck at the Aqueduct stop.

Passengers have been stranded since about 1 a.m. on the second train.

Christopher Mullen tells NY1 cable TV that he took the subway after he couldn’t get a car service or taxi out of Kennedy on Sunday night. He says passengers are stuck aboard the train without food, water or heat.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman said they were being provided blankets and cots.

Authorities said the NYC airports, along with Long Island MacArthur, were scheduled to reopen at 4 p.m.

 

The first major snowstorm of the dumped almost two feet of snow on New York City.

National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Scalora said Central Park had gotten 20 inches as of 7 a.m. and Bedford Park in the Bronx was hit with 22 inches.

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