NJ Transit Trains Strike, Kill 3 People In 3 Days
HAZLET, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) – For the third time in three days, NJ Transit engineers have faced the frightening prospect of being unable to stop with people on the tracks.
At 4:23 a.m. Friday, a train headed from Long Branch to New York City with about 35 passengers struck a man on the tracks about one mile from the Matawan-Aberdeen station, NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said.
The man’s name has not been determined.
The incident caused delays of up to an hour on the North Jersey Coast Line for most of the morning rush because only one track was open.
On Thursday, a northbound train headed to Long Branch from Bay Head killed a woman who the engineer said was lying on the tracks near Beacon Boulevard in Sea Girt just before 10 p.m., Stessel said.
The woman did not have ID. NJ Transit police asked anyone who might have information about her to call 973-378-6565.
A 21-year-old woman died Wednesday when she was struck at the Ramsey train station. Witnesses said the woman may have been texting and wearing headphones when she went around the closed crossing gates as one train pulled out. She was hit by another train pulling in, Stessel said.