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Woman Struck By Train in Asbury Park; Fourth Accident In Eleven Days

Woman's injuries are not life-threatening

A woman was struck by a train at about 6:35 a.m. Tuesday - the fourth accident on the North Jersey Coast Line in a little over a week.

The incident took place near the intersection of Memorial Drive and Second Avenue in Asbury Park.

The woman, who was approximately 40 years old, reportedly walked around the gates and onto the tracks, according to NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel.

Stessel said the woman suffered a non-life threatening injury to her hand after making contact with the 2304 headed toward Hoboken, and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Passengers were transferred to the next train.

Stessel said the scene was clear at 7:30 a.m.

The incident comes a day after an autopsy revealed that a when she drove onto railroad tracks in Spring Lake on Saturday night, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's office.

The Monmouth County medical examiner completed an autopsy on Sunday and ruled the death was a suicide, said Marc Lemieux, director of the Major Crimes Bureau of the county prosecutor's office, on Monday afternoon.

The woman had graduated from Point Pleasant Borough High School in June 2010 and was attending Rutgers University Business School.

Last Friday, a 17-year-old Long Branch resident was struck and killed by a NJ Transit train near Chelsea Avenue in Long Branch. Days later, a 15-year-old Long Branch boy was injured when he was struck by a train while walking on NJ Transit tracks near Long Branch's Cedar Avenue.

Six people have now died on the North Jersey Coast Line tracks since 2008.

David Daur April 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM
SCP, I have to agree. When did it become acceptable in lieu of flowers that donations be made for a family members surgery? What's next? Please make donations to Ford Motor Company for a new car that her mother really needs! Donations to a favorite charity are accetable and became common place sometime ago because of the amount of flowers that are wasted. Cemetaries have restrictions on how many arrangements can be brought to the gravesite by the funeral home, but a donation for a family members surgery? It kind of gives you an insight to this poor girls family unit and where her problems may have stemmed from. Such a sad loss because suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Christina Weaver April 16, 2011 at 08:46 PM
A donor has a choice of where to direct his/her money. Personally, while I have always been turned off by requests for donations to the family, we don't know the circumstances so I'd hesitate to criticize. If we were to donate, the final choice is up to us. Make a casserole, perform an act of random kindness; the choices are limitless. I'd be gentle on the family right now.
Christina Weaver April 16, 2011 at 09:12 PM
You're right, Scp, Lily's death is tragic. It is sad that there was so much turmoil and isolation in her life. Contact We care is a nonprofit hotline with trained volunteers who answer calls: 732-240-6100. It is a national organization. I know someone who volunteers with its NJ hotline. They take their mission seriously.
hd April 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM
I understand the point you are trying to make about soliciting donations, but I think that you may feel differently if you knew the circumstances surrounding the surgery. Especially if it was a surgery that is necessary to save a child's life, which I understand it is. Maybe it is the silver lining in this horrible tragedy. In the end, someone's life will be saved.
Lisa Frankenfeld April 17, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Christina and HD, thanks for your thoughtful and insightful responses. "Judge ye not..."

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