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Electrical ‘Flash’ Injures NJ Transit Staffer

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NJ Transit's Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction Station - Secaucus, NJ - File Photo

NJ Transit’s Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction Station – Secaucus, NJ – File Photo

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP)New Jersey Transit said a train staffer was shaken up but not seriously injured Saturday by an electrical “flash” that occurred when he tried to remove a foreign object that was caught on an overhead power line.

Agency spokesman Dan Stessel said the staffer — whose name was not disclosed — was grabbing a “sheet or banner” from the line when the flash occurred around 1 p.m. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was treated for undisclosed injuries and later released.

Stessel said the train was evacuated and its passengers were transferred to another train that took them to New York.

Subsequent New York-bound trains were initially running about 15 minutes behind schedule, but normal service resumed later Saturday afternoon.

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