HACKENSACK, N.J. — A 70-year-old city resident who was reportedly on her way to church this morning was extricated from her vehicle when she was accidentally struck by an NJ Transit train.
According to an NJ Transit spokesperson, Pascack Valley Line train 1612 departed Spring Valley at 7:10 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Hoboken at 8:20 a.m. However, shortly after 8 a.m., it struck the woman’s Subaru Forester at the Clinton Place grade crossing in Hackensack.
According to police, the woman was headed east on Clinton Place when her vehicle crossed the train tracks at Linden Street.
The train struck her vehicle, causing it to spin before it crashed head-on into the train station gate, Fire Chief John Gargagliano said.
Ten firefighters extricated her from the vehicle within minutes via removal of the passenger side door. The glare from the morning sun is cited as a contributing factor in the crash.
The woman was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for the treatment of minor injuries.
There were approximately 60 customers and crew members on board the train; no injuries were reported.
Service is currently suspended on the Pascack Valley Line in both directions. NJ Transit and private carrier buses are cross honoring PVL rail tickets, the spokesperson said.
This is the second train accident to occur in Hackensack in the past week. The first occurred on November 9, in which a woman was extricated from her vehicle after an NJ Transit Train on the Pascack Valley Line crashed into it on the tracks of the Essex Street Railroad Crossing. The driver also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.