SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Wednesday’s afternoon rush hour turned into a total gridlock situation for motorists driving through South Plainfield and Piscataway.
A multi-mile long freight train stopped moving for an unknown reason blocking traffic at the New Brunswick Avenue and the Clinton Avenue crossings along the Piscataway/South Plainfield border, as well as at the New Market Road crossing next to Piscataway’s Columbus Park.
Major delays were reported along New Market Avenue in South Plainfield, as well as New Brunswick Avenue and Lakeview Avenue in Piscataway. New Market Road in Piscataway and surrounding streets were also at a standstill for several hours.
Some motorists were seen making U-Turns to avoid the crossings. Others took to Facebook groups to express their frustrations and to try to find answers as to why they couldn’t travel through sections of the towns.
One poster reported their usual commute taking over an hour as they created their own detour around the region to reach their destination.
Others speculated about reasons why the train wasn’t moving suggesting mechanical failure, debris on the tracks, or simply loading more cars.
By 5:30 the train was moving again clearing the way for motorists to continue their travels.