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Driver, 87, killed by train in Emerson after driving onto tracks

Photo Credit: John Holter

UPDATE: An 87-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed by an NJ Transit train after driving along the tracks in Emerson around 5:30 this morning.

The driver apparently came in off First Avenue in Westwood and headed south for nearly a mile when his car was struck by the #1602 train on the Pascack Valley Line near the Stop & Shop, about a half-mile north of the Emerson train station, NJ Transit’s Jennifer Nelson told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The vehicle then caught fire, she said.

The Hoboken-bound train, which left Spring Valley 20 minutes earlier, had 110 customers aboard who were later transferred to buses at the supermarket, Nelson said.

Service on the line was restored at 9:30 a.m.

The crash site is barely 300 yards from where a 26-year-old Washington Township man walking on the tracks was struck and killed in July 2013 ( SEE: Westwood man, 26, killed by train less than 90 minutes after companion’s arrest ).

PHOTO: John Holter

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