PISCATAWAY, NJ — A man was struck and killed by a freight train at the New Market Road railroad crossing in Piscataway Saturday morning.

Township police issued a travel alert at about 11:15 a.m. advising that “all railroad crossings from Prospect Ave. to New Brunswick Ave. are closed for an active police investigation. Avoid the area.”

The identity of the man was not released. Calls to Piscataway and Conrail police departments for more information on the incident were not immediately returned. 

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By 2:00 p.m. the railroad crossings were reopened to traffic, said police in a later alert.

At 4:30 p.m. railroad workers were still on the scene cleaning the tracks where family and friends gathered to console one another.

A family member who did not want to be identified said they weren’t ready to give a statement about the incident until they had more answers.

“What I can say is that it wasn’t suicide like people think,” she said.

One neighbor, Edwin, who has lived nearby for about a year said he was surprised that there weren’t more incidents like this happening. “People are always walking on the tracks either following them or trying to cross over,” he said.

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