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.