Frozen brake blamed for stuck PATCO train

A frozen brake caused a PATCO train to become stuck on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge for about 40 minutes Tuesday night, officials said. 

It happened shortly before 7 p.m. as the eastbound train approached the Camden tunnel at the end of the bridge, according to a Delaware River Port Authority spokeswoman.

The air brake for two of the cars became stuck in the “on” position, the spokeswoman said. PATCO trains in both directions were delayed for up to 30 minutes as the issue was investigated.

Crews responded and cut the brake line a little before 7:40 p.m., releasing the mechanism, the spokeswoman said. The train continued on to the Camden City Hall Station, where passengers were transferred to other trains to complete their trips.

The train that initially became stuck was taken out of service for further investigation.

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