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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 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.

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."

thelostone August 03, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Well said Anonymous
Annoumous August 03, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I think the PNC should also put security on the busses that transport the kids to the PNC, I am a bus driver who worked the shuttles, and these kids are out of control, it is terrible to try to drive with these kids, if only some of the parents could see what goes on, they would be appalled, I could write a book, for the money we get paid from the PNC for these shuttle busses it's disgusting we take our live in our hands not to mention the public, the PNC makes millions and we make pennies, what wrong with that picture, we deserve hazard pay.
Anonymous August 03, 2012 at 11:15 PM
"NJ Transit should be held liable for allowing the kids to be drunk." ..... you're dumb, it's no news that drunk kids take the train to the PNC. It's completely logical considering it's 10x better than having all those kids driving. Stop trying to point fingers and get over the fact that there may be some mayhem on the train when there is a concert like this every couple of months.
debra August 04, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Kids these days are out of control and disrespetful did you not see the video of the kids with the bus aide?yes I attended many concerts as a teen and drank alot but never did myself or friends ever behaved like kids do now,I attend many concerts with my child and she cannot believe how her peers act and the things they do.
Annoumous August 04, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Thank god we bus driver's were paying attention, there was cars going up the in ramp to get out at exit 116 at the end of the concert, there was almost an accident with the busses.

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