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POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) - A large crane being carried on a barge tore through overhead cables that serve a railroad Monday, stranding thousands of commuters.

North Jersey Coast Line trains were halted after the accident around 7 a.m. as the crane was being carried on the Raritan River, said Ken Miller, a New Jersey Transit spokesman.

It was not immediately known how long the service would be out. The wires that were severed provide power to the line's electric trains and signals, Miller said.

Some 30,000 trips are made daily on the North Jersey Coast Line, which links New York City and Newark to towns along the Atlantic Coast.

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At Point Pleasant Beach, Frances Beiman had hoped to catch an 8 a.m. train to Newark to meet a friend at the library.

"We're both retired librarians. She's in from Louisville, Kentucky, waiting for me up there, and now there's no train," Beiman said. She called her husband to come pick her up.

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