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Boy hit by train was headed home from track practice

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AWFUL TRAGEDY : A 12-year-old boy was riding his Razor home from cross-country track practice late Monday afternoon when he was struck and killed by a southbound train in Garfield, witnesses told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .


The seventh-grader was hit by a Hoboken-bound commuter train at the Outwater Lane crossing, several yards from NJ Transit’s new Plauderville train station, right on the Saddle Brook border.

“He crossed as one train passed,” a woman who lives across the street from the site told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “But then another train on the other [southbound] side hit him.”

A friend of the Lanza Avenue family said they are obviously unable to make any sense of the awful tragedy.

“Everyone is in shock right now,” she told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

For an account of the incident, click: Boy killed by train in Garfield

Because his mother works part-time for the Garfield School District and he attended Thomas Jefferson Middle School , news of the blue-eyed boy’s death quickly spread through the community and beyond.

CLIFFVIEW PILOT won’t publish his name, however. The family is enduring more than enough right now.

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