BELMAR, NJ — At least 200 young adults on their way to a PNC Arts Center concert were ordered off an NJ Transit train at the Belmar station yesterday evening, following a report of disorderly passengers on the train.
The teenagers spilled into the Belmar Plaza at about 6 p.m. on July 24, creating a somewhat chaotic situation within the parking area, particularly at the Dollar General store. Located just several yards from the train station, the store was rushed by dozens of them who wanted to use the restrooms — overwhelming the store clerk who said she called the police.
NJ Transit police received the initial report of a call of unruly passengers and ordered the large group to depart the train at Belmar, according to an NJ Transit spokesperson, who did not provide any further details.
Belmar and Wall police were called in for assistance to help disperse the crowd, said Belmar Police Chief Andrew Huisman.
Although there were no arrests made or summonses issued, one highly intoxicated person was transported by the Belmar First Aid Squad to Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, Huisman said.
Some passengers were allowed back on the train, while others were forced to find their own transportation out of Belmar. The train remained at the station for at least one-half hour as the incident unfolded, according to eyewitnesses.
The North Jersey Coast Line train left Bay Head at 5:47 p.m. and made stops in Point Pleasant Beach, Manasquan and Spring Lake before arriving in Belmar at 6:04 p.m. The group was headed to the 311, Dirty Heads concert at the Holmdel-based arts center.
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