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NJ Transit Train Deaths Adding Up in 2013

NJ_tran_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TShare on Facebookhe train deaths have been increasing rapidly for New Jersey Transit in recent weeks.

Four people have been hit by NJ Transit trains over the past two weeks, and the latest death appeared to be a suicide.

In Fair Lawn, NJ.com reported that according to Courtney Carroll of NJ Transit, witnesses said the man stepped into the path of the train bound for Hoboken and made no effort to move.

According to NorthJersey.com, 26-year old Robert Derosa was hit by a train on the Westwood-Emerson border early Thursday, and on Wednesday, an Asbury Park man was struck in Matawan.

NorthJersey.com reported that a man was killed in Garfield on July 24 after jumping in front of a train. NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said the three deaths in 24 hours increased the total number of suicides or apparent suicides to 15 on the rail lines for 2013.

NJ Transit says that 16 of 17 fatalities involving their trains in 2012 were confirmed or possible suicides,according to baristanet.com. The rail service has been making a number of changes in an effort to improve safety and stop the suicides. They have added police at some stations, installed new signage and fencing, and used public service announcements.

Delays were about 15 minutes in Fair Lawn, and none of the 375 passengers on the train were injured, according to Cliffview Pilot.

 

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