New Providence woman killed in train crash; unclear if snow played role

New Providence woman killed in train crash; unclear if snow played role
New Providence Woman IDd As Fatal Victim In Car-Train Crash
A 61-year-old woman was killed Thursday night when the car she was driving was struck by a New Jersey Transit train on tracks near the Murray Hill Station in New Providence, authorities said.

New Providence Mayor Al Morgan said Friday the car had been traveling northbound on Union down a steep incline and its possible the driver slid onto the tracks.

“Its very possible she got stuck,” Morgan said. “(The snow) was brutal. It came out of nowhere and we had traffic backed up everywhere.”

The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at the intersection of Union and Rose avenues and is still under investigation, according to Jim Smith, spokesman for New Jersey Transit.

Gov. Phil Murphy attributed the death to the fierce snowstorm during a press conference on Friday morning.

Police have attributed at least one other fatal crash to road conditions during the storm. A 52-year-old doctor from Mullica Hill was killed when his car was struck by a pickup truck in Gloucester County.

Brown was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 6:48 p.m., officials said.

There were 100 passengers on the train at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported to passengers or crew, Smith said.

The crash occurred as the storm brought several inches of heavy snow across the region. Hundreds of crashes were reported throughout New Jersey.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call New Jersey Transit Police Department at 973-378-6565 or the New Providence Police Department at 908-665-1111.

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