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Wind-Toppled Trees, Debris Shut Morris Essex Tracks in Maplewood


Monday's high winds wreaked havoc throughout the NJ Transit tracks causing at least one suspension and delays due to debris and downed trees obstructing the railways.

Commuters' headaches began when NJ Transit stopped all train service in both directions between in the area of Jefferson Avenue and Dennell Road after a tree fell and blocked the tracks for overnight train service.

Just after midnight, NJ Transit officials said Morris and Essex Lines and Gladstone Branch rail service will remain suspended until further notice due to extensive weather-related damage to a catenary pole and overhead wires near Maplewood.

Several passengers could be seen near the Maplewood Station during the evening commute, trying to figure out how they'd get home. An announcement was made over the NJ Transit intercom explaining the shutdown.

No injuries were reported, and NJ Transit officials say they hope to have service restored during the morning rush.