Pennington Man Struck and Killed by Amtrak Train Saturday

The man was trespassing on the tracks, according to Amtrak.

A 20-year-old man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Edison near the station Saturday afternoon, according to officials. 

David Sobel, of Pennington, was killed in the crash, said NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

Amtrak train #87 was traveling from New York to Richmond, Va. when the train struck Sobel at 3:49 p.m., said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham. He was trespassing on the tracks.

There were 215 passengers on the train and there were no injuries to them or the crew, Graham said. The crash led to major delays on the Northeast Corridor line.

Snyder said the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

This article was originally published at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and updated at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday.

r September 29, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Im a RR employee and was called out for this fatality. It happened in my territory on my clock. I was there before even the medical examiner. It was 100% a suicide. I wont disclose info on how I know this out of respect for the family but there was irrefutable evidence that this man committed suicide. It was a sad scene and my heart goes out to family and friends of this guy. But to blame the company is ridiculous. If someone wants to end their life, they will find a way and no amount of equipment can stopa horrible tragedy like this. I understand the need people feel to have n evil figure head to point the finger at but in this case alone, the co. Is not to blame Again Im sorry to any relatives and friends to this man.
LK2011 September 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM
r, thank you for your compassion. It is sorely needed and much appreciated. You have a tough job.
Matthew Cable October 08, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Dear Sal - having known Dave quite well in high school, I can say not only is your comment horribly insensitive towards his grieving family and selfish of you to say, but also completely untrue. Far from being a "brain dead dummy," he was the smartest kid in my US history class and an incredible thinker in general. Please don't insult people's memory when you have no idea what you are talking about. -Matthew Cable
Katelyn Dato December 09, 2012 at 06:17 AM
I know this incident happened a few months back but I was on that train that struck and killed Dave. This was a horrible experience for everyone involved and I pray for the family who had to go through this. I'm glad no one else was injured on my train and the Amtrak personnel were really great and helpful. Things like this unfortunately happen in our lives, but if you are going through tough times please seek help. Committing suicide this way is quite selfish. This delayed about 8 trains. We had to jump on 2 more trains just to get to our destination. We were delayed nearly 4 hours by the end of the day. Please seek help but my prayers are with the family. Kate


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