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Falling Ice From 1 WTC Shuts Down PATH Trains

By Irene Plagianos | February 7, 2014 12:01pm
 The crowd at the WTC PATH station early Friday morning.
The crowd at the WTC PATH station early Friday morning.
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FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Chunks of ice falling from the top of One World Trade Center caused a commuting nightmare for PATH train passengers in Lower Manhattan Friday morning.

The Port Authority shuttered the Vesey Street entrance to the PATH's World Trade Center station shortly before 9 a.m. because of the falling ice, officials said. That forced hundreds of commuters to use the new Brookfield Place exit instead, creating massive crowds.

The bottleneck of passengers forced officials to shut down PATH train service to the World Trade Center from about 9 to 9:30 a.m., officials said. Service has since been restored.

Frustrated commuters took to Twitter and Instagram with their photos of the jam-packed crowds.

"Trapped in WTC station...falling ice outside," tweeted @rchatter29.

Another commuter, @jesdon, wrote: "Stuck in the wtc path station bc the ice is too dangerous outside. So, here I am crammed in with 1000 of my best friends #pathalerts."

A spokesman for the Port Authority told the Wall Street Journal that the ice was a normal issue for buildings during the winter.

“It happens at buildings all over the city,” said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman. “I don’t think it’s anything unique to our building.”