Bronx residents battle traffic during power outage

With the power system crippled just as the evening rush was beginning, traffic came to a near stand-still at some parts of The Bronx, leaving countless residents stranded for hours.

The power failure meant lights out for The Bronx and that included the traffic lights too. Every intersection became a free-for-all, with drivers threading through traffic jams while pedestrians tried their best to cross safely.

Those on the trains had no luck either. All subway service stopped immediately, leaving many people waiting for permission to exit, or in some cases, waiting for rescue crews to arrive. Most riders were quickly informed that the cause was a power failure and not a terrorist attack.

With no train service many people opted for the buses. But at the Bronx County Building each arriving bus was mobbed with people trying to squeeze in, sometimes preventing the bus drivers from closing the doors.

Faced with gridlock traffic and no mass transportation, some residents had no choice but to get home the hard way, on foot.

The city says bus service will be running regularly throughout the night, but Bronx residents are advised to avoid any unnecessary travel until the power is restored.

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