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Sunday, December 27, 2009

One dead after train hits vehicle stranded on tracks in Clifton

NJ Transit investigators are going through motor vehicle records to identify the body of a person killed this morning in a train crash, according to the agency.

The crash occurred at about 5:21 a.m. near Park Avenue and Rutherford Boulevard in Clifton, NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said. The train was empty and traveling on the Main Line towards Suffern, New York, when it struck a stranded 2006 Jeep LCF Wagon, he said.

It appears the car had been out of control before it got stuck, according to Stessel. "The vehicle left the roadway and went through some trees and landed on the tracks," he said.

He said police expect to have an identity of the victim later today and will notify the next of kin. No one else was in the vehicle and none of the crew on the train was injured, he said. The train had been in route to Suffern to begin collection passengers for a trip back to Hoboken.

Stessel said there is no indication the crew did anything wrong. The accident remains under investigation.

The Main Line is continuing to operate on a parallel track, said Stessel. However, customers can expect delays of up to 10 minutes as a result of the accident, he said.

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