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UPDATE: Person Found Dead on Train Tracks in Newark Believed Electrocuted


Ice cream By: Richard L. Smith 

New Jersey Transit Police are investigating the cause of death for a person found dead on one of their tracks in Newark’s West Ward. 

According to a statement released by NJ Transit, at approximately 11:25 a.m. New Jersey Transit Police were notified of a body on the tracks just west of Broad Street station in Newark.

Transit officials said an initial investigation indicated that the individual may have come in contact with the catenary and was not struck by a train, however, a full investigation is continuing.

As part of the investigation, Transit officials said Montclair-Boonton train 518 was held and approximately 300 customers were transferred to Morris/Essex train 6920.

No injuries were reported to customers on train 518.

Train traffic on the Montclair-Boonton line was temporarily suspended but has since resumed and is operating on schedule. 

New Jersey Transit police are leading the investigation.