Fans Reportedly Collapse in Crowded Train Station En Route to Super Bowl XLVIII

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Fans Reportedly Collapse in Crowded Train Station En Route to Super Bowl XLVIII
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Update at 11:52 PM ET

The traffic was horrendous leading up to the game, and it wasn't any better afterward as ESPN's Julian Gompertz shows us:

Amy Rosenberg of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted a picture of what the NFL's response was in the stadium: 

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With many NFL fans utilizing public transit to get to Super Bowl XLVIII at East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 2, several individuals reportedly collapsed amid the massive crowds in Secaucus Junction Station.   

The Associated Press' Rachel Cohen reported the news hours before kickoff of the epic showdown featuring the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, noting that emergency workers had to sift through the swarm of people to come to the fallen fans' aid.

Security checks to ensure safety contributed to the delays.

ESPN's Darren Rovell and Sports Illustrated's Adam Duerson offered estimates of just how long the hordes of people were waiting to move forward:

WFAN New York Jets reporter Chris Lopresti also shared his perspective:

Many game attendees planned ahead for potential transit nightmares by arriving unusually early for the grand finale, per NFL PR official Brian McCarthy:

New York Giants CEO John Mara felt the transit could present a problem, reports Judy Battista of NFL.com, but he was unsure of a viable alternative:

No one could have prepared for the calamity that caused several to collapse, however.

Emergency workers attempting to maneuver through the crowds had a difficult job, considering the lines of NFL supporters seeking entry to the game didn't move for as long as 30 minutes. Tampa Bay Lightning employee Patrick Abts captured the scene and noted the duration of his delay:

New Jersey Transit officials ensured that all efforts were being made to attend to those in need and to expedite the process of getting to the stadium safely:

Mara already spoke of bringing the game back to East Rutherford in a recent ESPN Radio interview, per CBSSports.com's Will Brinson:

Based on everything that's happened so far, yes. If we can be assured that we'd get the same cooperation from all the different government entities that were involved, which has been tremendous so far, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't consider doing it again.

With this particular Super Bowl venue, public transportation turned out to be a logistical nightmare, which may be a setback for MetLife Stadium to host the Lombardi Trophy battle again.

This unfortunate development puts an early damper on the Super Bowl for those who suffered just trying to get to experience the spectacular atmosphere in person. Hopefully everyone impacted has a full and speedy recovery.

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