Engineer's report states man was lying on tracks
A Long Branch man has been identified as the person who was struck and killed by a NJ Transit train on Monday afternoon in the city. The man has been identified as John Barney, 60, of North Fifth Avenue, according to NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder. Snyder said the engineer's report states that Barney "laid down on the tracks and made no attempt to move." She said the engineer saw Barney standing on the tracks, sounded the train's horn and applied the emergency brakes, but was unable to stop before hitting him. Snyder said the investigation into the incident is ongoing. This is the first train-related death in Long Branch since 17-year-old Long Branch resident Christian Butler was killed in April, 2011.
Long Branch Police say death is probable suicide
A man has been struck and killed by a train near Branchport Avenue in Long Branch on Monday afternoon. Long Branch Police Capt. Jason Roebuck said it "appears to be a suicide," but that NJ Transit should be handling the investigation because it occurred on their property. A NJ Transit spokeswoman said New York Bound North Jersey Coast Line struck an adult male around 3:06 p.m. between the grade crossings of Joline Avenue and Branchport Avenue. The spokeswoman said the crossing gates were down when the man was struck. She said there were 35 passengers aboard the train and that there were no injuries reported to them or any NJ Transit crew. She said the incident is still under investigation, but that the man's identity could be released …