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Man Killed By NJ Transit Train Had Just Fled Diner Assault: Police

The man struck and killed by a NJ Transit River Line train in South Jersey Monday morning was fleeing after assaulting an employee at a nearby diner when he was killed, police said.

Police said officers were called to the Liberty 2 Diner on Route 130 near Kinkora Road for an assault just after 6 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, a man who works at the diner told them that another man had been hitting and kicking his car behind the diner and attacked him when he tried to intervene. The assault suspect, later identified as Paul Brophy, of Mount Laurel, then jumped into a white pickup truck and fled before police arrived at the diner, authorities said.

Police said Brophy crashed his truck in Fieldsboro several minutes later and began fleeing on foot. That's when he ran in front of the River Line train and was struck and killed near the Bordentown station, according to police.

Police said the diner employee Brophy allegedly assaulted suffered minor injuries and was treated at the hospital. The motive for the assault was unclear, they added.

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