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20 people killed on NJ train tracks

By David Matthau


Every couple of weeks or so, someone is killed by an NJ Transit train.

Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, and not surprisingly, many railroad tracks run right through populated areas.

Last year there were 20 train fatalities. So far in 2017, 12 people have lost their lives on railroad tracks in the Garden State.

Last week, a 90-year-old man was killed after he tried to drive around a railroad gate at a crossing in Hazlet. 

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says the agency is doing everything possible to promote safety, but people need to pay attention.

She noted there are 330 rail crossings in New Jersey and “unfortunately, we see too many pedestrians fail to obey the rail grade crossing gates and other safety devices.”

“NJ Transit always urges motorist and pedestrians to obey all the rail grade crossing devices and signals and also to exercise caution when approaching any railroad crossing.”

Read More: 20 people killed on NJ train tracks in ’16 — NJ Transit says people need to pay attention | http://nj1015.com/20-people-killed-on-nj-train-tracks-in-16-nj-transit-says-people-need-to-pay-attention/?trackback=tsmclip

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