- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) - Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia has already triggered a state of emergency in suburban Philadelphia.

Middletown Township’s board of supervisors recently voted to declare a state of emergency during the weekend of the pope’s visit in September.

The town is expecting 10,000 people to descend on its Woodbourne train station. It’s only one of five Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority platforms north of the city that will serve passengers heading to see the pope on Sept. 26-27.

Police Chief Joseph Bartorilla says he doesn’t know how crowded it’s going to be, but he’d rather be over prepared than underprepared.

The pre-emptive move gives the town access to county and state resources if needed.

More than 1 million people are expected in Philadelphia, where the pope will celebrate an outdoor Mass.


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