Two people injured when Hudson light rail station elevator breaks down

Two people were injured when an elevator at the Bergenline Avenue station of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail became stuck 75 feet below ground Thursday night, authorities said.

Five people, including two NJ Transit police officers, were trapped in the elevator for more than two hours, NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said.

Members of the North Hudson Fire and Rescue Services and NJ Transit Police responded to the 49th Street station on the Union City-West New York border around 5:40 p.m.

After an elevator technician was unable to make necessary repairs, NJ Transit Police and local law enforcement and EMS performed a rescue operation to free customers and agents blocked, Snyder said. Two clients sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

A person at the scene said at 8.45pm the injured were lowered to a platform and a designated ‘relief train’ for casualties and first responders took them to the underground station lightweight from Weehawken. There they were met by Union City and Weehawken EMS and treated.

The station’s three elevators are out of service until further notice, and the Hudson-Bergen light rail service is bypassing the Bergenline Avenue station with replacement bus service for customers at that station, Snyder said.

Jose P. Rogers