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CAMDEN – The PATCO Hi-Speedline says riders should expect minor delays Monday morning, following a late night of "major" problems as it coped with high traffic after the Eagles’ Super Bowl win.

A doorway jammed late Sunday night in a crowded Philadelphia-bound train near Ferry Avenue, PATCO spokesman Kyle Anderson said. That caused the mechanism to lock for safety reasons. The train was packed with Eagles fans headed to Philadelphia, where a major outdoor celebration was underway.

The problems became more complicated when a train headed in the opposite direction had to shut down its power and stop because inebriated people were jumping on and off the commuter line’s tracks, Anderson said.

Drunk passengers caused other problems at PATCO stations, and the Delaware River Port Authority dispatched more police and personnel to stations, Anderson said.

Courier-Post reporter Carly Romalino was on the westbound train that became disabled near Ferry Avenue and filed a live report via Facebook from the scene after all of the cars were evacuated.

"We are currently experiencing major delays on West Bound and East Bound services until further notice due to disabled equipment," PATCO said in a statement shortly after 1 a.m. Monday.

Around 1:20 a.m, PATCO reported the disabled train at Ferry Avenue was cleared. "We are in the process of restoring service eastbound and westbound," it said.

PATCO said it had to repeatedly turn off power to the third rail "because of people in the track area."

The problems come after a week in which PATCO experienced severe service problems, delays and emergency reduced schedules -- and just two days after it offered free rides for several hours as a goodwill gesture to impacted passengers.

Several people affected by the post-Super Bowl breakdowns expressed their displeasure on social media:

 

 

 

Carol Comegno and Jason Alt contributed to this report.

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