Railroad Van Hit by Train

No injuries reported after company vehicle gets stuck on tracks.

No injuries were reported after a train hit a Norfolk Southern Railroad vehicle after it got stuck on the train tracks at 4:10 a.m. Friday.

Police said Richard Vallera, 67, of Stewartsville, was driving the Ford van alongside the tracks when it jumped a track and became stuck. An oncoming westbound Norfolk Southern train, operated by Sean Simon, 45, of Robbinsville, was unable to stop before hitting the van, pushing it into a railroad crossing arm and breaking it.

Vallera was not in the van when the train hit it.

The accident closed both Valley and Roycefield roads for about 90 minutes as the accident investigation was underway. The roads were reopened about 6 a.m.

Hillsbroough Rescue Squad and the Somerset Medical Center Mobile Intensive Care Unit responded to the scene. 


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