NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Susan Brown, 61 years old, of New Providence was killed Thursday after her 2015 Nissan Altima was struck by the #0432 NJ Transit Gladstone train at the Union Avenue crossing in New Providence Thursday evening during a snow storm. Brown was pronounced dead at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
The train originated from Gladstone and was running 30 minutes behind schedule due to the snow, according to train passenger Charles Vayada, who got on at the Millington station.
Vayada said, "We heard and felt a jolt at the Union Avenue crossing and saw pieces of the crossing gate flying through the air. We slowly came to a halt west of the Murray Hill station." Approximately 100 passengers were safely transferred to the rescue train.
The New Providence Police Department, Fire Department and Rescue Squad responded to the rail road crossing located on Union Avenue on a report of motor vehicle struck by a train. Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Altima, pinned against a rail road crossing gate pole, said NPPD Sergeant Stephen Drown.
The New Providence Fire Department and Union County HAZMAT also responded to the scene as the vehicle had a ruptured gas tank. The New Jersey Transit Police Department is investigating this collision with the assistance of the New Providence Police Department’s preliminary investigation. Anyone that possibly witnessed this collision is requested to contact the New Jersey Transit Police Department at 973-378-6565 or the New Providence Police Department at 908-665-1111.