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Report: Jersey Bridge Closures Delayed Emergency Responses

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In one instance, it took EMS workers seven minutes to get to a 91-year-old woman who was unconscious and eventually died of cardiac arrest at a hospital.

On Sept, 9, the first day the lanes were shut, Favia wrote that it took seven to nine minutes for workers to reach the scene of an accident where four people were injured when the normal response time would have been under four minutes. That same day, Favia wrote that "standstill traffic" caused it to take nearly an hour for emergency workers to reach a person with chest pains.

Favia also detailed a delayed response time that occurred on Sept. 10. On that day, Favia wrote, it took seven minutes to respond to a call from someone with chest pains when it normally would have taken four minutes or less.

Some Democrats have alleged Christie's appointees at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which oversees the bridge, ordered the lanes closed because Sokolich declined to endorse the governor's re-election bid. Emails and documents subpoenaed by a state Assembly committee investigating the incident show a top Christie aide was involved in discussions about the order to close the lanes with his appointees at the agency.

The gridlock ended Sept. 13 when Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, who was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), ordered the lanes re-opened.

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