RIVER EDGE, N.J. (AP) — Two elderly women escaped serious injury early Saturday when their car entered a railroad crossing and was struck by a New Jersey Transit train in north Jersey.

NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel says the crossing’s safety gates were down and its flashing bells and lights were working when the accident occurred around 7:35 a.m. in River Edge. The car apparently broke through a safety gate and was struck in the rear passenger side by the westbound train, which was carrying 30 passengers.

The driver and her passenger, who are both 77 years old, were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. They were being treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

No one aboard the Hoboken-bound train was injured. It had departed earlier in the day from Spring Valley, N.Y.

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Comments (3)
  1. HARLEM GOING H.A.M. says:


  2. Tom says:

    Sounds to me like she was in a rush to get to where she needed to go. Thank god both women survived

  3. True American says:

    The article says that the car entered a railroad crossing, no, the car was driven onto the railroad crossing by an elderly women. She obviously had no business being behind the wheel of a car. The accident could have killed or injured many. I hope she gets her license revoked, never to be returned. I am very glad that no one was hurt, but she doesn’t need to be driving anymore. Anyone that tries to cross railroad tracks when the arms are down and lights flashing, have no business driving a car.

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