The MTA identified the man killed by a NJ Transit train this morning as Richard
Little, 32, of Nanuet.
MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the train’s engineer sounded the horn but Little did not hear it because he was wearing headphones.
“He was walking east in the gauge of the tracks with his back to the train,” she said. “He was texting and had headphones on.”
The engineer used the emergency brake but could not stop in time. The Nanuet Community Ambulance Corps confirmed that Little is related to one of their members. A Nanuet Community Ambulance was among the emergency vehicles that responded to the scene of the fatality, which occurred on the train tracks along the Nanuet/Spring Valley border not far from the intersection with New Clarkstown Road.
There were seven passengers on the 7:59 a.m. train out of Spring Valley, which was the final morning rush hour train on the Pascack Valley Line. Four passengers returned to Spring Valley and NJT personnel took three to Hoboken.
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