HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – New Jersey Transit Police are investigating after NJT crew members discovered the body of a Hackettstown man on or near train tracks in town Monday morning.
Crew members aboard a non-revenue train (meaning that no passengers were aboard) reported discovering the body of a man later identified as Francisco Figueroa, 56, around 6 a.m., according to an NJT spokeswoman. Investigators were seen near the railroad crossing on Beatty Road on Monday morning.The cause of death is still under investigation.
The NJT spokeswoman told RNJ that transit police are investigating the death as a possible train strike. But the spokeswoman said that there were no reports of an NJT train striking a person.
The portion of track where the body was discovered is part of the Morristown line owned by the Dover and Delaware River Railroad Company, a subsidiary of the Chesapeake and Delaware Company.
A representative for Norfolk Southern, which operates freight trains on that section of rail in partnership with D&DR, told RNJ via e-mail Monday afternoon that the company had “not received any reports of a pedestrian strike this morning” in Hackettstown.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.