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Riding on a train is, statistically, much safer than driving a car. But that does not mean that nothing ever goes wrong on New Jersey rail lines. Here are some of the deadliest train accidents in New Jersey across the last century. 1904 – A chartered Erie Railroad train from Hoboken to Greenwood Lake stopped near a water tower in Midvale (now Wanaque). No signal was sent to warn other trains that the Erie Railroad train was stopped. Another train smashed into the rear of the special, killing 17 people and injuring 40. 1906 – Due to an error in the operation of a drawbridge, three train cars derailed near Atlantic City and tumbled into a creek. Fifty-three people died. 1911 – In Martin’s Creek near the Delaware River, an excursion train headed to Washington, D.C. hit an oil tank on the Pennsylvania Railroad, which coated the cars in oil….
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When it comes to motor vehicle accidents on New Jersey roads, this holiday season has already proven deadly. The weekend before Thanksgiving saw four people killed and another critically injured in a series of accidents taking place within 24 hours of one another. One woman, a 69-year-old living in Brooklyn, died crossing a road when she was hit by a 2008 Ford Explorer. Another woman, 80-years-old, was hit while walking across New Hampshire Avenue in Toms River. A 46-year-old East Brunswick man died after the vehicle he was riding in as a passenger left Route 18 in Colts Neck and struck a tree by the Normandy Road Bridge. The driver of the vehicle survived with only minor injuries. In another wreck in Middlesex County township, a person died in a car accident near James Avenue. That investigation is still ongoing. In Paterson, another driver was ejected from a vehicle and…
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Is sleep apnea making your commute unsafe? Taking the train is a fact of life in New England. But did you know that by getting on the train, you may be exposing yourself to danger caused by undiagnosed sleep apnea? According to New Jersey Transit, more than 40 train engineers have been sidelined after being tested for sleep apnea following the deadly Hoboken train crash last year. The crash happened when a train slammed into Hoboken Station at a high rate of speed. One woman was killed and over 100 people were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board later diagnosed the engineer with sleep apnea, which may have contributed to the deadly accident. After that crash, NJ Transit altered aspects of its sleep apnea screening process. 373 engineers were screened over the course of the last year, and 57 of them were referred for sleep studies. Of those 57, a…
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