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NJT: Man Killed by Train in Red Bank Had Lain Down on Tracks

A man was struck and killed on the tracks in Red Bank Saturday night, at around 9:18 p.m.

An unidentified pedestrian killed by a New Jersey Transit train Saturday night in Red Bank purposefully lain down on the tracks moments before being struck, according to an engineer's report of the incident.

At approximately 9:18 p.m., a man trespassing on the railway was seen by a New Jersey Transit engineer walking onto the tracks near Maple Avenue and then laying down without moving. The engineer applied the train's emergency brakes and sounded the train's horn, according to Spokeswoman Nancy Snyder, but the man did not move from the tracks. 

The man was hit by the train and killed. 

The North Jersey Coast Line train was New York bound and carrying about 200 passengers, Snyder said. 

Further information about the man's identity, including his age and name, was not immediately available pending an ongoing police investigation, Snyder said. 

No injuries were reported to crew members or passengers in the October 6 incident, and delays were minor, Synder said. 

The last time a pedestrian was struck by a train in Red Bank was in February. Police said a man was reported to have jumped in front of a train as it approached the station. He was critically injured in the accident.

Check back with Patch for more information as it becomes available.

J Bas October 07, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I feel for the poor engineer who has to live with the memory of that guys selfish act.
commonman October 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
i am guessing he did us all a favor
Jennifer October 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Imagine what it would take to lie down in front of a train, and that move. that man must have been in pain that you and I can't begin to fathom. Thank God that you may never know that depth of despair. peace to the engineer, and peace to that poor man.

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