Delran Twp., N.J. – A Transit train in southern New Jersey struck a car that killed a young boy and seriously injured his grandfather.
Authorities responded to the accident that took place after 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon of Friday along Chester Ave. grade crossing in Delran. Witnesses told police that they saw that the gates were already down at the crossing; the driver of the vehicle attempted to cross the tracks and was struck by a River Line train.
Ems administered to the 3-year-old boy but he was killed in the accident; as SOP for juveniles, his name has not been released. The 56-year-old grandfather was critically injured and remained hospitalized until Saturday while a third person with them in the vehicle was able to escape serious injury.
Authorities stated that the train was carrying about 75 passengers and fortunately, only five were treated for minor injuries.
A young boy was dead and seven persons were injured after a transit train of New Jersey hit a car along the railway that was trying to cross the railroad before the gate closed that Friday afternoon.
After the impact, a child was ejected from the car and two men inside the car were injured in the wreck at S Chester Ave. near St. Mihiel Drive in Riverside. Due to the accident, authorities of the left River Line suspended service between Riverside and Cinnaminson.
After the child was airlifted from the car, EMS tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead on the scene. The child was too young to survive the crash. His death was the only casualty aside from the people injured.
Investigation will continue so traffic officers will know what cause the driver of the car to beat the gate or whether the car operator was driving impaired with alcohol or prohibited drugs. After gathering evidence, they can already file the appropriate charges.
Burlington County dispatchers signified that five of the 75 passengers aboard on the northbound train sustained minor injuries.
NJ Transit has not announced resumption of their service.
Several witnesses told investigators that they saw the railroad gate was almost or completely down at the time of the crash.
Another freight train on the same night collided with a car at the Lehigh Valley that left a woman fatality.
According to investigators, at about 6:30 o’clock that evening, Carol Midei, age 64, resident of Macungie, Pa. was behind the wheel of her vehicle plying West Main Street near Mill Street in Macungie when she was confused with the direction and negotiated a left turn towards the railroad tracks. Her vehicle got stuck and an incoming train was not able to brake immediately and hit her vehicle. Lehigh County Coroner pronounced Midei dead on the scene at 6:52 o’clock that evening.
The cause of death was ruled as accidental caused by multiple blunt force injuries.
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Source: NBC Philadelphia Com