Rob Romano May 12, 2018, 6:31 pm

New Jersey Transit conducts emergency drill

Workers prepare for the possibility of a train derailment

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NEWARK - New Jersey Transit workers and Transit police held an emergency drill on the streets of Lombardy Street on Saturday. They trained in order to be ready for the possibility of a train going off the tracks, and potentially flipping over on the Newark Light Rail. The drill lasted a couple of hours and caused some delays on the Newark Light Rail Trains. People were told to use alternate routes like the Newark Broad Street Station to get where they need to go on the light rails.

The effort also included the Newark Fire Department, EMS workers from University Hospital, along with other Newark-based first respondents.

"What we are simulating today is the derailment of a light rail vehicle, where one of the light rail vehicles is actually on its side,” New Jersey Transit Police Lieutenant Ryan Fraser said. "We think it allows us to simulate an environment and in a safe environment be able to train and practice things that we would have to do in order keep passengers and ourselves safe, also the interagency communication."

One of the drills being conducted was off taking bodies out of a train that has flipped, 30 NJ Transit workers to play the role of victims in a possible incident, dummies were also utilized.

"They are going to be victims on the train and that allows first responders to have hands-on with live people," Fraser said. "We think it allows us to simulate an environment, and in a safe environment be able to train and practice things that we would have to do in order keep passengers and ourselves safe, also the interagency communication”

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