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Somerville Man Killed by Raritan Valley Line Train

Incident happened near the Somerset Street crossing, spokesman for NJ Transit says.

Somerville Man Killed by Raritan Valley Line Train

A Somerville man has been identified as the victim killed by a train just west of the Somerville train station Thursday morning, according to NJ Transit spokesman John Durso, Jr.

Aly Abbas, 35, was struck and killed by a Newark-bound train.

"It was a Newark-bound Raritan Valley train," Durso said. "It struck and fatally injured a male trespasser within the vicinity of the Somerset Street crossing."

Durso said there has been no official cause of death released, but the Medical Examiner’s Office is continuing to investigate.

“The investigation is continuing at this time,” he said.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m., Durso said.

Durso said about 150 people were on the train at the time of the incident, but no injuries were reported among the passengers.

"The customers were transferred onto another Newark-bound train without incident," he said

Although trains running on the Raritan Valley line were subject to 20-minute delays at the time of the incident, everything was back on or close to schedule as of around 2 p.m. Thursday.

NJ Transit Police are continuing the investigation into the incident, along with the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and the Medical Examiner's Office, which are also on the scene in Somerville.

Durso said the Somerville station is open as the investigation continues.

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