150 passengers rescued from 2 disabled trains

BRIDGEPORT - (AP) - About 150 passengers were rescued from twodisabled commuter trains coming from New York that lost heat andelectricity in a nearly three-hour ordeal.

A railroad official says the passengers got stranded on the twoMetro-North trains between Bridgeport and Stratford stations at about 3:40 a.m. Thursday.

Metro-North spokesman Dan Brucker says several thousand feet ofoverhead wires that send power to the trains became entangled andtorn, cutting off power.

He says passengers were safely helped to a rescue train by about6:25 a.m. by emergency personnel. The rescue operation was delayedbecause of the need to lift wires from the tracks and secure othersafety hazards.

Brucker says the wires could have been damaged by cold weatherand wind.

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