Arnold GodoyJul 17, 2017, 4:00 pm

Deadly accident at Summit train station delays morning commute

A trespasser hit and killed by a train caused major delays for NJ Transit riders on the Morris and Essex lines

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NJ Transit confirmed one person was hit and killed on train tracks in Summit. Authorities were on scene throughout the morning where it all happened.

The incident occurred a before 7 a.m. Monday morning, causing major delays for NJ Transit riders. Trains on the Morris and Essex line were at one point completely suspended between Chatham and Summit.

Once they resumed service, there were delays of up to 90 minutes and trains were only coming into the Chatham station on one of the tracks. Commuters were trying to figure out a way around it.

“Yeah, I thought of taking a cab but I will wait ten more minutes, then I will think about it,” said one commuter, while another said, "I mean this is normally later than I would normally take, but I mean if they're delayed… Yeah."

The delays come as many on the Morris and Essex lines face the most service changes due to work at New York Penn Station. Trains on the line are being diverted to Hoboken.

Today’s delays were not caused by the service changes but by the trespasser’s fatality. Authorities have not yet released any details on the victim or how the incident may have happened.

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