10/07/2005

Police shut part of New York's Penn Station - Yahoo! News

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Part of the section of New York's Pennsylvania Station where Amtrak trains operate was sealed off on Friday morning because of what authorities said was a police situation, a day after officials warned of a possible attack on the system

"A portion of Penn Station has been closed off to deal with the police situation," Amtrak spokeswoman Marcie Golgoski said.

The precaution came one day after New York officials said they had intelligence that the city's subway system was under a credible and specific threat of possible attack.

A policeman on the scene said only, "We are checking something out."

Commuters could still enter the subway at the station and hundreds of passengers still waited for trains near the Amtrak area and some trains were still boarding passengers.

New passengers were not being allowed enter the area but those already inside the station were not evacuated.

Police wearing hazardous material suit were seen walking about the cordoned-off area.

Pennsylvania Station, located in midtown Manhattan, is one the country's biggest mass transit hubs, handling some 1 million passengers daily. The station serves commuters from the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit trains, city subway riders and Amtrak passengers who can travel nationwide.
Police shut part of New York's Penn Station - Yahoo! News

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