HACKENSACK - Police say a 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a NJ Transit train in Hackensack yesterday.

Officials say the accident happened just north of Central Avenue. The train was on its way to River Edge from Hoboken when it struck Caesar Muloki, an eighth grader from Hackensack Middle School.

Service was briefly suspended from the Essex Street station to the Spring Valley station in Rockland County, N.Y. on NJ Transit's Pascack Valley Line due to the investigation.

NJ Transit says the boy was listening to his iPod, which may have blocked out the noise of the approaching train. Witnesses say the boy was playing "chicken" with the train by running on and off of the tracks.