This has not been a good year for Penn Station. A pair of train derailments at the rail hub over a two week span in March and April brought hellish commutes to the roughly 650,000 people who pass through it every day. The issues have caused Amtrak to shut down several tracks, and have led to a plan that would bring service interruptions and closures to the station for 44 days this summer.
On Wednesday, things at Penn got worse when sewage began leaking from the the ceiling in front of the entrances to Long Island Rail Road tracks 18 and 19. It's unclear what caused the leak, but the smell made it apparent that the water was ridden with human fecal matter.
The sewage began falling from the ceiling at around 9:30am, according to Patrick O'Brien, the owner of Tracks Bar and Grill, which is located directly in front of the affected area.
Officials had taped off the area surrounding the leak, and had placed rolling trash bins beneath the affected area to contain the mess. The entrances to tracks 18 and 19 were closed off, but the bar remained open. Customers were even ducking under the caution tape to gain entrance to the bar.
"My front doors are closed, but thankfully I have a back door," O'Brien said. "I'm just thankful that it's between Rangers games."
A Long Island Rail Road representative said that service would not be affected by the leak, and trains would be redirected to other, less shitty tracks until the situation is resolved.
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