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An NJ Transit train smashed into a police vehicle in Long Branch Monday, authorities said
No injuries were reported; the officer said the vehicle wouldn't release from the park position -- when the cop got out, though, it rolled
NJ Transit and police warned of train cancellations and traffic delays in the area that were expected to last several hours
A New Jersey Transit train smashed into a police vehicle in Long Branch Monday, causing major delays and snarling traffic in the area as authorities investigated.
No one was hurt, police said. It wasn't clear how the police vehicle was positioned when it was hit, but the officer said there was some sort of transmission malfunction and it couldn't be taken out of park, Long Branch police said.
The vehicle was at the scene as backup for a traffic stop, authorities said. When the officer's car wouldn't move from the park position, the officer got out of the vehicle and it rolled forward onto the grass, then onto the tracks, officials said.
It came to rest on the tracks -- and that's where it was hit by the train.
NJ Transit, which confirmed a switch failure in addition to the crash, said 110 people were on the North Jersey Coast line train when it hit the police vehicle at the Brighton Avenue crossing.
It said it was experiencing delays and cancellations because of the crash, and Long Branch police warned traffic would be slow moving for a number of hours as the department investigates.