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4 Bail From Stalled Car Moments Before Elmwood Park Train Crash

All three occupants got out OK, witnesses said. Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco
Aboard the train. Photo Credit: Jeff Pechow

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- A driver from Garfield desperately tried to restart his stalled car when the bells sounded and the warning gates began to come down around him and his three passengers -- including a 4-year-old child -- at an Elmwood Park grade crossing Friday morning.

They bailed out just in time, Police Chief Michael Foligno said.

The 2004 Volkwagen Jetta "appeared to be a total loss" after it was struck by a New Jersey Transit commuter train at the Midland Avenue crossing at Erie Avenue at 8:24 a.m., the chief said.

No one was injured, he said.

Elmwood Park, Saddle Brook and NJ Transit police responded.

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