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This NJ Transit train barreled down the tracks for a half hour — with an open door

TRENTON — Video taken by a New Jersey Transit passenger depicted a dangerous ride for commuters on Tuesday evening, when a door on an outbound Northeast Corridor train was allowed to remain open for about 30 minutes, covering eight stops on the route.

Jeffrey Spitery, who later shared his video with NBC 4 New York, said he walked about half the length of the train looking for a conductor after he realized the door was hanging open on the train’s approach to Trenton. He said conductors had previously been looking for an open door on the train during a stop in Newark, causing a five- to 10-minute delay.

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In the video, other passengers are seen moving through the vestibule past the door in question, their hair blown around by the wind generated from the speed of the train.

NJ Transit has since pulled this particular train from service, and is investigating. A spokesman told NBC 4 New York that trains are not supposed to be permitted to move if a door is judged to be open, and encouraged riders to report any similar incidents.

Patrick Lavery produces “New Jersey’s First News” and is New Jersey 101.5’s morning drive breaking news reporter. He prefers to ride trains with closed doors. Follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email

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