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Suicide By Train

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Hank Flynn with Chasing New Jersey looked into the on-going problem of people committing suicide by jumping in front of moving New Jersey Transit trains.

Just in the 36 hours last week, three people took their own lives that way.  Two incidents occurred in Bergen County, the other one took place in Monmouth County.

NJ Transit says, in each instance, the victim purposely walked into the path of a moving train.

NJ Transit said in a statement:  "Trespasser fatalities on the railroad affect not only the families and loved ones of the deceased, but the train crews, first responders and all others involved."

Greg Hull with the American Public Transportation Association agrees.

"One Doesn't often think about the person who is actually driving the vehicle and the impact on him," Hull says.  "Certainly, when these acts do occur, regardless of whether it results in the death of the person who has committed this act, the impact on the transit employee is severe, and it's significant."

NJ Transit says it has spent millions of dollars in efforts to prevent people using trains to commit suicide, including posting suicide hotline information at all 164 stations, but would not talk on-camera about the issue.

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