Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cops: Dumont Man, Hit by Train, Dies

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cops: Dumont Man, Hit by Train, Dies

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DUMONT — A 54-year-old borough man died when a train hit his car at the CSX railroad crossing at Columbia Avenue, police reported Saturday night.

The driver disregarded the gates and stopped on the tracks, when a southbound CSX train struck his 2009 Audi A3, according to Dumont Lt. Vincent Tamburro. The Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Squad transported the victim to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the lieutenant said.

Bergenfield and Dumont police responded to the scene at 8:29 a.m. Saturday, authorities said, reporting that a train hit a single car with one male occupant driver.

The roadway, which borders Bergenfield near the tracks, is in Dumont's jurisdiction, Tamburro said. Bergenfield police dispatched their ambulance, while Dumont officers requested paramedics and their Volunteer Fire Department.

The Dumont Police Department leads the investigation, with assistance from the Bergenfield police, CSX police, and Bergen County Sheriff's Department.

The probe, including witness interviews and statements, revealed that the CSX railroad crossing was fully operational as the southbound train approached, the gate arms were down, and the lighted and audible indicators activated, Tamburro reported.

Police were withholding the victim's name until notification of next of kin.

Columbia Avenue was re-opened at 11:47 a.m.

Earlier in the day, CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle confirmed that the crossing signals and gates appeared to be in working order.

Doolittle said the train was not carrying any volatile chemicals. The train originated in St. Louis and was bound for Little Ferry when it stuck the car, he added.

"The car was on the tracks, and the train has right of way," Doolittle said, adding there is no indication that CSX was at fault regarding the accident. He said authorities released the train about 10:40 a.m.

The train consisted of two locomotives and 22 cars of intermodel containers, which are boxed freight containers that can be loaded on truck, train or ship, not tanker cars. …

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