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Man struck, killed by freight train

The train conductor tried to apply the emergency brakes but it was too late

HAWTHORNE, N.J. — Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who was struck and killed by a freight train early Saturday.

An employee of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway line called police at 2:14 a.m. to report that a train had struck someone on a trestle over Wagaraw Road, police Capt. Richard McAuliffe said.

An engineer on the southbound train saw a figure on the tracks and applied the emergency brake, but it was too late to avoid striking the man, McAuliffe said.

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