Pocono Commuters React to Terrorist Attack in New York City

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MOUNT POCONO -- Thousands of people from northeastern Pennsylvania commute to New York City for work every day. For them, Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Manhattan hits especially close to home.

One woman who was too emotional to go on camera actually started crying when she heard about the attack.

A Martz bus pulled into Mount Pocono Tuesday evening after a long ride back from Manhattan. Commuter Tabitha Baker said she is relieved to be home in the Poconos after the terrorist attack in New York City.

“Well, it makes you think that once you get off the bus, is this going to be my last time riding?” Baker said.

New York City police said 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck into a West Side bike path. At least eight people died. Eventually, the attacker was shot and wounded by an officer.

“I work on 42nd Street, so you never know if there's going to be a shooting or if there's going to be a car coming on the sidewalk. You never know what's going to happen, so it's kind of scary,” Baker said.

Commuters we talked with did not see the attack, but said you always have to be aware of what’s going on around you.

“It's always in the back of your mind. But at the end of the day, you can't really think about it so much. I have to go to work. I have to support my family,” Anthony Ayala of Tobyhanna said.

Others said it is just hard to wrap their minds around what happened.

“It doesn't make sense, like a guy renting a U-Haul truck or whatever and riding in the bicycle lane, hop out with two fake guns just to get shot,” commuter Anthony Degree from Mount Pocono said.

Despite it all, people we spoke to said they will be back at the bus stop tomorrow morning, riding the bus to get to work in New York City.


  • I`ve seen it all

    New York City is of course a sanctuary city. Their choice and we can further thank the ACLU and Open Society for all their endless lawsuits preventing this administration from vetting and preventing terrorists from other countries. I do not want to hear all the emotional crying from the left who will somehow find a way to blame Pres. Trump for all this. This is what you get with open borders, Boston bombing, Calif. the Florida night club rampage and office shooting in Calif. Kate Steinley murder on and on and they are all victims thanks to the Soros open border sanctuary states and cities left wing liberal policies. If they continue to have their way thanks to these liberal law making Federal judges, bought and paid for by Soros non organizations, this will be a common occurrence that never ends. Just ask the people of Hungary who fighting to hang on to what little sovereignty they have left after being forced to open their borders.

  • warningfakenews

    Search the internet for the image “Let’s discuss what Islam offers”.

    Note that what happens to Gays didn’t even make the chart. You’ll probably think of other things…

  • Lance

    For all those whiners who say our stance on immigration is to mean spirited and that we cannot shut oir borders to those who wish to come here. Shut the HELL UP! This is what we are letting in. People who want to destroy this country. Where are the so called patriotic arab Americans? Like the gold star parents at the dem convention. Strangely quiet. No condemnation of these events done by members of their community. What about those judges who continued to strike down the Presidents travel order? But lets blame everyone like Trump. When we all know it was those liberal bleeding hearts that allowed them to come here in the first place.

    • El Ma

      Taqiyya – Saying something that isn’t true as it relates to the Muslim identity.

      Kitman – Lying by omission. An example would be when Muslim apologists quote only a fragment of verse 5:32 (that if anyone kills “it shall be as if he had killed all mankind”) while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse (and the next) mandate murder in undefined cases of “corruption” and “mischief.”

      Tawriya – Intentionally creating a false impression.

      Muruna – ‘Blending in’ by setting aside some practices of Islam or Sharia in order to advance others.

      • El Ma

        Now, I was raised in the Christian Faith and have close friends who are Jewish with one of them being Orthodox. I don’t recollect any provisions for lying, deception, or falsifications that can be attributed to the Will of God.

        NOT to get into a religious debate, here, but I’m talking about a culture, not a religion. It is a culture of violence, vengeance, and retribution against……….anyone and everyone.

  • renee

    The Visa program pushed by Obama is directly responsible for this attack.
    Lets expose those in the senate and congress who voted for it.

  • warningfakenews

    People go from the poconos, through NJ and in NJ traffic to get to work in NYC, how much of their lives is spent doing that? Having the freedom to do what you please is wonderful, but sometimes I just give folks the “tilty head look”.

    • pj

      Yet you whine and complain about all “those takers.” You’re the one that doesn’t want new business to come to NEPA. Make up your mind. You can’t have it both ways.

  • mickmars

    So an Arab male between the ages of 18-50 committed an act of terrorism. Wow, who could’ve predicted that coming….

    • Islam is a religion of peace

      Hey now, you can’t profile! What’s the matter with you!……..yeah right. The heck with a wall and stopping immigration from these countries, let’s open the borders and let them all in, so this will be an every day occurrence!

      • El Ma

        And, wait, folks! You can look forward to a visit to your own neighborhoods by an Islamic Truck Of Peace, too! They just want PEACE. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.

    • I`ve seen it all

      Police were aware of this guy and the Mosque he was attending but their hands are tied by all these liberal left wing judges and the ACLU who would stop any investigation into a mosque that grows terrorist. There`s probably one coming to your town soon.

      • El Ma

        I QUIT, exactly. The feelings cannot be reconciled with the facts. I “feel” badly that there are people in the world that want to do harm, but the “fact” is that there are and that there are approximately 18 million of them that are dedicated to following through with their objectives.

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