A train bound for Atlantic City crashed into an SUV in Camden County this afternoon, killing the vehicle's driver and causing major delays for New Jersey Transit passengers, authorities said.
The SUV's driver attempted to beat the train at the crossing shortly after 12:30 p.m. at the Atco Avenue crossing in Waterford Township. Witnesses said the SUV swerved around the closed crossing gate. As it passed over the tracks, the 11:40 a.m. train out of Philadelphia plowed into the vehicle, said New Jersey Transit spokesman Dan Stessel.
The driver of the SUV, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has not been identified.
There were no injuries reported to the train's 62 passengers who were transfered to buses for the remaining portion of their trip. A westbound train carrying 54 Philadelphia-bound passengers was halted in Waterford waiting for the crash scene to clear, Stessel said.