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Resident Killed in Fair Lawn Train Strike

A female "trespasser" was struck by a Hoboken-bound train near the Broadway Station in Fair Lawn Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

Update: Tuesday, 2:40 p.m.

A woman was fatally struck by an NJ Transit train Tuesday at 9:10 a.m., about 400 feet west of the Broadway-Fair Lawn Station, an NJ Transit spokeswoman said.

Police have identified the victim as Yelena Gorovits, of Fair Lawn. She was 47, according to public records.

An NJ Transit spokeswoman said the train's engineer observed a woman run from the north side of Track 1 onto Track 2 and stand facing the train as it barreled toward her. She made no attempt to clear the tracks as the train approached.

The train's engineer sounded his horn and engaged the train's emergency brake, but he was unable to stop before hitting the woman.

NJ Transit said 200 passengers were aboard the Hoboken-bound train and were unharmed in the Tuesday morning strike. Train personnel were also reportedly uninjured.

Transit Police have been leading the investigation, but Fair Lawn law enforcement officials were also on the scene.

Bergen Line trains were single-tracked and delayed up to an hour by the accident, but by noon NJ Transit's twitter feed reported the trains were just about back on schedule.

Train #0045 from Hoboken will not operate on the Bergen County Line on Tuesday, NJ Transit said. The train will instead operate on the Main Line from Hoboken to Ridgewood.

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Life-Long FL Resident July 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, very sad situation here.
Mark C. July 24, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Very sad....before the details came out it seemed like it wasn't an accident. Hope the family recovers from this tragedy.
Jean July 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I was on this train.  The passengers and train personnel handled the situation really well.  Passengers all had somewhere they had to be (airport and business meetings) but everyone waited calmly for alternate transportation.  After close to an hour, we were allowed to exit and were directed to take another train on the other tracks back to Ridgewood to get on another line back to Secaucus.  It was a somber time for all of us but everyone remained calm and followed directions.  My heart goes out to the conductor who has to live with this tragedy.  I also wanted to mention that NJ Transit personnel and Fair Lawn police on scene were amazing.  They responded immediately and while dealing with a horrific scene at the back of the train, they took the time to make sure all the passengers were comfortable and kept us informed.
Lana July 25, 2012 at 03:19 AM
i feel so sorry for you that uve been there...its very very hard i know..and for the conductor also cuz he cant do something to save her. unfortunately it wasnt accident, but they are trying to find out is it an accident or a suicide and its very very terrible, hard time for her family....
natalie August 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
How horrid...I know her...Her daughter is friends with two of my girls...I had no idea she was depressed...And what about her mother? How will the elderly woman deal with such a hirrid loss of a daughter... RIP.

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