Train passenger pulls emergency stop to retrieve dropped cell phone

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New Jersey Transit officials say a passenger who dropped his cellphone pulled the emergency stop on a train and then jumped on to the tracks to retrieve it.

Eric Jones, of Harlem, New York, is charged with defiant trespass and interfering with transportation.

Jones was riding on a North Jersey Coast Line train when he accidentally dropped his phone onto the tracks while he was between cars.

The train was stopped around 8:20 a.m. Monday near the Secaucus Junction. The stoppage initially caused travel delays of up to 15 minutes on the North Jersey Coast, Northeast Corridor, Raritan Valley and Midtown Direct lines.

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NJ Transit issued a statement criticizing Jones’ “reckless behavior,” noting that he risked injury to himself and “hundreds of others” aboard the train.

A telephone number for Jones could not be located Monday afternoon.

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