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Driver charged with DWI after NJ Transit train strikes car in Morris County

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – An Ocean County woman was injured early Sunday morning after a  NJ Transit train crashed into her car in Morris Township.

Morris and Essex Train 6945, which departed New York Penn Station at 11:11 p.m. and was headed to Dover, struck the vehicle east of the station for Convent Station at 12:25 a.m., said Jim Smith, a spokesman for the NJ Transit.

The driver, who was identified as Carleigh O’Connell, 21, of Point Pleasant suffered minor injuries and was transported to Morristown Medical Center, Smith said.

There were no injuries reported to the approximately 25 customers and crew onboard the train, smith said.

O’Connell was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and interference with transportation, Smith said.

No further information was available on the crash and it remains under investigation, Smith said.

The Morris and Essex line was suspended between Dover and Madison for several hours.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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