NFL fans collapse at Jersey train station en route to Super Bowl XLVIII

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

The biggest concern most NFL fans who planned to attend Super Bowl XLVIII was possibly freezing while sitting outside in MetLife Stadium.

It is hard to fathom their biggest concern was would be trying to stay conscious while traveling to the game.

Unfortunately, several people collapsed in an overcrowded and overheated New Jersey train station while waiting on long lines to get to the Super Bowl, according to the Associated Press.

Several people were treated by emergency medical workers at Secaucus Junction on Sunday afternoon after being packed into crowds that were reportedly at a standstill. Emergency workers had to push their way through the crowd to treat people affected by the crowd.

Yahoo’s Krysten Peek was among the people in wedge into that crowd. She said the reason for the jam is the station could not handle the high amount of people. When the initial flood hit, there was no authority to organize the lines, so it turned into a free for all. It took Peek an hour just to get on the train, and her picture expressed the madness on Sunday:

Here are pictures from others who were trapped in the chaos:


According to, “Security officers at first were checking every bag, but by 2:45 p.m., more than three hours before the game, checkpoints were overwhelmed by the crowds and people they were pouring through with little or no examination of what was on their person or what they were carrying.”

It is sad to see the Super Bowl turned into a great mess for so many football fans.

This is the last thing anyone should be forced to deal with on a monumental day.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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