Large Police Presence at Train Station to Handle Crowd Control
Matawan, Aberdeen police handled a crowd of concertgoers headed to PNC Bank Arts Center.
Police officers and ambulances were on hand at the Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station Thursday night to deal with crowd control of PNC Bank Arts Center concertgoers.
The NJ Transit Police Department, the Aberdeen Township Police Department and the Matawan Borough Police Department had patrols at the station directing large crowds arriving from a northbound train. Ambulances from Matawan First Aid and Rescue Squad and South Aberdeen EMS were also at the station. Towns as far as Colts Neck also responded to stand by to assist with first aid.
Approximately 10 passengers at the Long Branch Train Station were taken to Monmouth Medical Center after passing out from heat exhaustion.
Long Branch Police Capt. Jason Roebuck said many of the "kids" were intoxicated and that the train was "overcrowded."
Roebuck said they were on their way to the 311, Slightly Stoopid concert at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. He said there were also "some small fights" going on in the train. It is unclear if any arrests have been made at this time.
At the Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station, concertgoers were directed toward several buses headed to the Holmdel concert venue.
Aberdeen Police Chief John Powers said Aberdeen first aid units were requested to stand by.
Nancy Snyder, a spokesperson with NJ Transit Police Department, said the agency had not received reports of fights on trains.
"I know we are assisting with crowd control and assisting local police departments with crowd control," Snyder said. "Rail service is running on schedule."