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Man Waiting 'Too Close To Tracks' Struck At Lyndhurst Train Station

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LYNDHURST, N.J. -- A 38-year-old man who apparently stood too close to the tracks was critically injured Friday night when he was struck by an express train at a Lyndhurst station, authorities said.

"Initial reports are that he was standing too close to the edge of the platform with his back to the tracks" when the victim was struck around 5:30 p.m. at the Kingsland Station, NJ Transit's Jim Smith said.

The Woodside, Queens man was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center in critical condition, Smith said.

"His back was facing the way the train came, with his headphones in," a witness said. "He just didn't see it....People are tweeting suicide and trespasser and it wasn't either."

Area trains were running up to a half-hour behind, Smith said.

NJ Transit police were investigating, he said.

The No. 55 Main Line express train had left Hoboken for Port Jervis at 5:15 p.m., Smith said.

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