Man Fatally Struck By NJ Transit Train Near Somerville Station

Joshua Neli, 18, of Branchburg was fatally struck by a NJ Transit train just before midnight on Wednesday - about three-tenths of a mile west of the Somerville Station.

Preliminary eyewitness accounts have reported that Neil stood on the tracks as the Newark-bound Raritan Valley Line train came toward him without any intention of moving out of its path, according to NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr.. 

The trains conductor made full attempts at an emergency stop, but was unable to make the stop in time. No customers were aboard the train during the incident and no injuries were reported by NJ Transit staff. 

The Raritan Valley Line was temporarily suspended as NJ Transit Police investigated the incident, but is now back in service. 

Hugh April 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM
It is a terrible thing to do to your family, the engineer and the emergency people who have to clean up. At 18 it's awful to contemplate the sadness. I hope he finds peace. It's know that engineers suffer from these events, often for years. PTSD among cops and emergency responders is often a result of seeing these things none of us in the civilian world will ever confront.
BrownEyes April 10, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Oh dear. So young too. I was on a train with a tresspasser fatality October 2012 around the same area. Horrible.


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