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Man dies after train hits car

HAZLET A man was struck and killed after a New Jersey Transit train hit his car at 12:32 p.m. on July 22 at the railroad crossing on Bethany Road.

The driver was identified as Albert Fuchs, 90, who died at the scene, according to Nancy Snyder, senior director of Public Information and Corporate Communications for New Jersey Transit.

The North Jersey Coast Line Train 7232 traveling from Long Branch was scheduled to arrive in New York at 1:42 p.m., according to Snyder.

While still under investigation by the New Jersey Transit Police, early reports indicate the driver went around the safety gates, according to Snyder.

None of the approximately 145 customers and crew members on board the train reported injuries. The safety gates were working as intended when the incident occurred, according to Snyder. 

The train’s service was suspended in both directions between Hazlet and Long Branch after the incident occurred. A bus bridge between the locations was established, according to Snyder. 

The alternative bus route and suspension lasted for a couple of hours, according to Snyder.

Officers from the Halzet Police Department directed traffic away from the crash area, according to Lt. Robert Mulligan.

Currently, Bethany Road is clear and open to be used by the public, according to Mulligan.

Contact Vashti Harris at vharris@newspapermediagroup.com.

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