NJ sees spike in train-related fatalities

New Jersey has seen a spike in the number of train fatalities over the past year.

An Amtrak train struck and killed a pedestrian yesterday near the Hamilton station.

In October, two teens were killed by a train on an overpass on Route 46 in Wayne. The following day, a 13-year-old died after ducking under the railroad gates in Garfield. In all, 20 people have been killed by trains on the state's rails this year.

Research conducted by News 12 New Jersey shows that NJ Transit has consistently had higher fatality rates than nearby railroads.

Federal railroad officials say unlike some other states, New Jersey has thousands of miles of easily accessible tracks, sometimes running right through towns.

The state's Department of Transportation and NJ Transit have set up a committee to look into making the tracks safer.

KIYC: A look at train safetyFatal accidents prompt state DOT to plan safety visits Students mourn teens killed by train in Wayne Garfield boy killed by NJ Transit train Officials eye safety improvements for NJ train crossings NJ Transit looks to improve rail crossing safety

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."