Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Train's Engineer Known as Family Man

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Train's Engineer Known as Family Man

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MORRIS PLAINS -- The house of NJ Transit engineer Thomas Gallagher was strictly off-limits to the media on Thursday night. Although the lights were on and people could be seen inside the split-level colonial, a police car parked out front advised the gathering news media not to go on the property.

Gallagher, the engineer at the controls of Train 1614 that crashed into Hoboken station, was treated at a local hospital and released late Thursday.

Leonard Cappalarzo lives across the street and spends most of his days caring for his ailing wife. It's a neighborhood, he said, where families tend to keep to themselves. Cappalarzo's was the first house on the block and he moved in when it was built in 1961. He said the Gallaghers moved in across the street "10 to 15 years ago."

"They're nice, hardworking professional people," he said of the Gallaghers. …

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