Improvements pondered for deadly NJ rail trestle

October 5, 2011 4:41:06 AM PDT
Officials are considering whether they can improve safety at a New Jersey train trestle where two teenagers were struck and killed.

The trestle in Wayne is a popular shortcut for youngsters going to and from nearby Willowbrook Mall.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett told The Star-Ledger of Newark Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson and NJ Transit director James Weinstein will visit the site this week.

Police said three teens were walking across the trestle when a train headed for a repair station in Kearny came down the tracks at 60 mph on Sunday night.

One of the teens dove down an embankment and survived. The other two were killed.

Weinstein told the newspaper it's a mistake to assume a train is not coming down the tracks.