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2 injured in NJ Transit rail crash with truck

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GARFIELD — An NJ Transit train careened into a disabled tractor trailer on the tracks near the Garfield train station Friday afternoon.

The accident left the front of the train badly damaged and severed the trailer from its cab, which is toppled over on the side of the tracks.

Darrell Moss, 54, of Paterson told NJ.com he was driving behind the truck when it became stuck on the tracks near Hobart Place. Moss said the driver exited the cab to fix a problem with the vehicle when the crossing gates started to lower and the train's horn could be heard in the distance.

The driver fled the truck, Moss said, but the train could not stop in time to avoid striking it. Details on the condition of the train's passengers were not immediately available

 

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2013/06/tractor_trailer_nj_transit_train_collide_in_garfield.html#/0

Edited by Q23 Central Terminal

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What a terrible accident. Here's to wishing a fast recovery for the injured.

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And from the NJ Transit Website:

 

Bergen County Line Rail Service Suspended - Friday, June 21
June 21, 2013

 

At approximately 12 p.m., Bergen County Line Train 1255 operating from Hoboken to Ridgewood struck a tractor trailer at the Hobart Place crossing in Garfield.  As a result, the locomotive only of the six-car train derailed, and the tractor trailer overturned.  Bergen County Line rail service is currently suspended at this time, and alternate service is being provided.

 

NJ TRANSIT is advising customers of the following:

 

  • For travel from Hoboken Terminal and Secaucus Junction to Bergen County Line stations (except Rutherford), customers should take a Main Line train(toward Suffern) to Ridgewood, and board a shuttle train to Bergen County Line stations.
  • For travel from Hoboken Terminal and Secaucus Junction to Rutherford Station, customers should board an outbound Main Line train (toward Suffern) to Kingsland Station, and then take a shuttle bus to Rutherford. 
  • For travel to Hoboken Terminal and Secaucus Junction from Bergen County Line stations (except Rutherford), customers should board an outbound train (toward Suffern) to Ridgewood Station, and then take a Main Line train to Hoboken/Secaucus.
  • For outbound travel toward Suffern or inbound travel to Hoboken/Secaucus from Rutherford Station, customers should board the shuttle bus to Kingsland Station, and then take a Main Line train to their final destination. 

 

Bergen County Line rail tickets/passes will be honored on Bus Route Nos. 144, 145, 160, 161 and 164 out of Port Authority Bus Terminal, on Nos. 171 and 175 out of George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, and on private carrier buses serving Bergen County.  In addition, Bergen County Line rail tickets/passes will be honored on Pascack Valley Line trains. 

 

For the latest service information, visit njtransit.com.

 

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What a nightmare for commuters. Well at least alternatives are being offered.

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i recall earlier in the year or before there was suicide  in that area as well. i guess they need to make some improvement around there. alway learn from a mistake. thankfully no death. speedy recovery for  whose injured. 

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At least the truck driver did the right thing and ran away when the train started coming instead of trying to save the truck

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At least the truck driver did the right thing and ran away when the train started coming instead of trying to save the truck

He did the wrong thing by never calling 911.

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He did the wrong thing by never calling 911.

There likely wouldn't have been sufficient time. I think he did all he could as it stands.

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He did the wrong thing by never calling 911.

It sounds like the truck stalled and the gates went down within a few moments. At that point, the whole police department could have been there but it wouldn't have made a difference. That train couldn't stop in time and only superman could have stopped the crash. 

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The truck driver was pulling a lowboy trailer. No lowboys allowed on that road with the train crossing. Ticket for him.

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They're VERY lucky that the train was heading locomotive first, and not cab first. I'm surprised no one has mentioned that....

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I agree with QM1to6th Avenue.

If your truck, bus or car gets stuck on train track, they have to evacuate 100 ft away from train track because debris could fly.

There is no time to call 911.

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