2 teens killed by train in Wayne, 3rd injured

WAYNE - An NJ Transit train struck and killed two teenagers and injured a third last night in Wayne.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett says the three were on a railroad bridge over Route 46 in Wayne when the train came down the tracks at 9:45 p.m.

The conductor reported seeing the teens running to get across the trestle ahead of the train. The conductor sounded his horn and slammed on the emergency brakes, but on the single-track overpass there was nowhere for the teens to go. Police have identified the victims as Alan "AJ" Mendez, 16, of Wayne, and Nicholas Sabina, 17, of Fairfield. The lone survivor is a 15-year-old boy from Little Falls. His name has not been released.

Officials say the survivor managed to jump down an embankment. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson with injuries and later released.

The train was headed to a maintenance yard in Kearny and was not carrying passengers.

Investigators are trying to determine why the boys were on the tracks.

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