Father Of Teen Struck And Killed By NJ TRANSIT Train Devastated By Loss

WAYNE, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking into an accident that left two high school students dead and one injured.

Police said the teens were walking along the train tracks over the Route 46 overpass in Wayne Sunday night when they were struck by a NJ TRANSIT train.  AJ Mendez, 16, a student at Wayne Valley High School, and Nicholas Sabina, 17, of Fairfield, were killed.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan with students at Wayne Valley High School

Sabina’s father spoke with CBS 2’s Christine Sloan on Monday and said “He was my pal. I mean, I looked up to him.”

“He was such a good kid, always thoughtful. He wasn’t doing anything, just taking an innocent walk. They’d go and walk. I always told him stay off the track. He goes ‘well we stay off tracks except for when we gotta go over the trestles,'” Sabina’s father said.

A 15-year-old from Little Falls was also with them last night, but managed to jump off an embankment when the conductor blew the horn. He was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

NJ TRANSIT Spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett said the conductor tried everything he could to try and stop the train — even using the emergency brake system.

“Our hearts go out to the families. We plead for people not to trespass on railroad property,” NJ TRANSIT’s statement read.

Sabina’s father said he tried to call his son just minutes before he got the terrible news that his son had died.

“Just spend as much time with your kids as you can, love them unconditionally cause you never know. I never expected this. Never expected this,” he said tearfully.

NJ TRANSIT told CBS 2 the train was headed to a maintenance yard in Kearney at the time of the accident.

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  • dj

    the two kids who died were my friends and the kid who jumped, was my good friend who i ride with sometimes, just to hear about this is devastating, i cant believe that it happened and they’ll be in my prayers, rest in peace nick and aj,.. feel better darian

    • Jimmy Elkordy

      theres already someone on fb talking about all the “stupid statuses” telling AJ and Nick to R.I.P.

  • jtorres

    As a friend of a father who’s son was maimed by a train, it is very hard to distinguish how far a train is or how fast it is traveling from a distance because of the speed sound travels and the echoes of multi-car trains. He was crossing the tracks at a curve and lost his footing. The train was a lot closer than it sounded and he couldn’t get up in time. Luckily, he only lost part of his leg but it could just as easily been his life. Railroad tracks are treacherous and kids think they are immortal. This is tragic but maybe some kids out there will be more careful due to it

  • CAF

    This is a really sad story, but it seems like things like this happen way too frequently. Parents should stress to their kids the importance of staying OFF of train tracks, no matter how safe or harmless it may seem. The situation can turn deadly in a matter of seconds, and sometimes people panic and freeze when confronted with a speeding train like that. My thoughts go out to the families of the teenagers and to the conductor, who I’m sure is taking this pretty hard.

  • Natalie

    Any parent who reads a story like this is shaken by the mere thought of ever losing their own children. This is a tragic accident. The 15 year old who survived will have a long and painful recovery for his broken back and the loss of his friends. The boys who were killed lost their lives all too early. For every child out there who thinks their parents are over-protective, please learn from this and realize that your parents love you and would hate to see anything ever happen to you. And to the families and friends of the two boys killed in this horrific accident, may peace be with you at this very difficult time in your life.

  • CSI

    ??? Did every one need to know you were getting your toes curled last night ???

  • Diane

    I’m sorry for your loss. I’m a mother of four boys, I understand your pain and hope you and your wife will seek comfort in each other.
    May his (their) young sons’ soul rest in peace.

  • Heartless People

    How’s your well-being, you’re a tool it seems. Karma will have its way around. These poor people just lost a big part of their lives, and here you ask how’s the train. I’m sure its just fine, but how are YOU

  • dianne

    I am a friend of the man in this video and to all the people who posted hateful or stupid comments I have reported your comments…..if you have nothing nice to say then say nothing at all…….

    • Majikalmaiden Legbara

      I AGREE!!!! May his son RIP…he was just a child,doing what kids do

  • Lain

    You people are so ridiculous, talking about how’s the train or the teenagers are stupid. People are so heartless nowadays, why would you go and insult them, you most likely never knew them at all. Now is the time to show remorse, not make fun of people who were just lost in this tragic accident. You people probably don’t have kids, or are just shameless individuals who need to gravely assess themselves infront of a mirror and spit at their reflections. So next time you see something like this, don’t scoff at the tv/ computer, show that you’re actually human instead of worthless peices of flesh.

  • calm down alexa

    Alexa that is a little harsh people are just saying signs were posted and it is notnormal for kids to walk on train tracks.So are people right for making fun no .But these kids dead or not were not the smartest.

  • karen s

    a tragedy of unspeakable horror for the 2 families. what is also horrendous is the media’s never-ending sense that they need to put a microphone in front of someone who’s heart(s) are broken. give them space & time to grieve their loss. those who have lost so much will still have a message to other parents, kids in a day or so respect the family(ies) need to have space, not satellite trucks and news crews up & down the street. my condolences to the families, to young people everywhere – learn a lesson tonight, as my grandmother said 35 years ago on the passing of my aunt, “a mother should never have to bury her children.”

  • Echoes1001

    Regardless of the situation, this is a sad tragedy and to laugh at a grieving father is demonic. Natural selection shall surely let you leave a long and pitiful existence while these free spirits are in paradise away from this negative sick blackened world. I will be praying for these kids and they’re families while you mock and have cheap laughs.

  • niklu

    Disgusting comments, you certainly are pigs in human form… they were someone’s child for god sake!.. children you jackasses!

  • You are an Idiot

    @Leon, you are a first class idiot

  • Chrisie

    Leon, you have to be kidding me! Lives are lost, parents, sisters and brothers are heartbroken due to the deaths of their loved ones and all you care about is train damage and your trip. Disgradiaza!

    • Lucillle must be a teacher

      Lucille people typing on phone are not going to type perfect.Last I heard this was not required to use spell check here.

    • Angel stay off tracks

      Angel People are speaking truth yes kids died but lets prevent others from making these dumb mistakes.

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