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Minutes Apart: Man Grazed By Train, Car Stalls On Tracks

Market Street was temporarily closed after the incident.
Market Street was temporarily closed after the incident. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- A Park Ridge man escaped injury when his car stalled out on the railroad tracks in Saddle Brook, moments before a Rochelle Park man who got too close to the rails was grazed by a passing train on the Elmwood Park side.

A bar extending from the train struck the 55-year-old pedestrian, who was taken to a local hospital shortly before 9 p.m., NJ Transit's Lisa Torbic said.

He received summonses for trespassing and interfering with transportation, she said.

The incident occurred a short time after a car became stalled on the same stretch of tracks in Saddle Brook.The 52-year-old driver from Park Ridge got out of the Toyota, which was towed after NJ Transit momentarily stopped area trains.

The car wasn't struck and the driver was fine, Torbic said.

"This was a potential and imminent crash that could have very well led to tragedy," Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler said. "We thank our lucky stars and some power up above that allowed us to avoid it."

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