Raccoon Causes PATH Service Disruptions, Thousands to Lose Power in Jersey City

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A raccoon severely disrupted PATH train service and caused close to 10,000 PSE&G customers to lose power in Jersey City for almost two hours Friday night, officials said.

According to PSE&G, the outage occurred when the raccoon made contact with electrical equipment inside a switching station just after 7:30 p.m. Crews responded to the station and restored power by 9:20 p.m. The animal died.

Service on all but one PATH train line was suspended for a time because of the outage. Service on all lines has since resumed, though delays persisted late into Friday night, the Port Authority said.

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