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Squirrel Shuts Down Commuter Rail Line

September 12, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ It started with a squirrel.

The animal climbed on the Metro-North Commuter Railroad power lines, which set off an electrical surge, which weakened an overhead bracket, which dangled a wire toward the tracks, which tangled in a train, which tore down all the lines.

The result: 47,000 commuters were stuck in Manhattan for hours Monday afternoon, waiting for trains that were not coming. Power was partially restored around 7 p.m.

``I’m waiting. What else am I going to do?″ said Tom Darbyshire, an advertising employee who moved just last week from Chevy Chase, Md., to Pelham. ``Guess it’s all part of New York.″

Crews working around the clock had service back to normal by Tuesday morning.

As for the squirrel, it was electrocuted while scrambling on the power lines, said Metro-North spokeswoman Donna Evans.

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