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Trespasser Fatality at South Orange Train Station

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A person was struck and killed by an eastbound New Jersey Transit train at about 4:30 p.m. Monday in South Orange.

Police confirmed to TAP into SOMA that the fatality was a female, and that her grieving parents are at the South Orange train station. Out of respect to the family, photos of the parents have not been published by TAPinto.net.

As of 6 p.m., emergency responders and ambulance crew had left the scene, and the medical examiner had arrived.

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Published media accounts state that there are no injuries to train crew or passengers on board the train.

The New Jersey Transit website stated at about 5:15 p.m., "Morris & Essex Line service is suspended in both directions due to a trespasser fatality at South Orange station." As of 5:45 p.m., train service was restored with 50- to 60-minute delays.

At 9:15 p.m., the New Jersey Transit website stated  there were "delays of up to 60 minutes, due to trespasser fatality at South Orange station." At 11 p.m., there were still train delays, and the website was updated that "trains in and out of New York are now subject to 60-90 minute delays due to an Amtrak signal problem."

South Orange Village President Sheena Collum posted to her Facebook page that "commuters leaving New York City are advised to check the New Jersey Transit website for contingency plans and are further advised to make alternate transportation arrangements to leave the city. This could include taking the PATH to Hoboken or Newark. New Jersey Transit may seek to arrange bus transportation from those destinations."

Train delays are expected to continue throughout the evening as police investigate the incident.

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