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Stack, Cardinale Bill Addressing NJ Transit’s Responsibilities in Incidences of Injury or Death Signed by Governor

Senator Brian P. Stack, D-Hudson and Vice Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, listens to testimony before the budget panel.

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Brian P. Stack requiring New Jersey Transit to take certain actions when a person is injured or killed in incidences involving a NJ Transit vehicle was signed by Governor Phil Murphy today.

“I am grateful the governor took action on this bill. Those impacted by these horrific accidents need to get the help they need to overcome the situation,” said Senator Stack (D-Hudson). “Everything should be done to prevent these tragedies, but they do happen, and we should do everything we can to help the victims and their families when they do.”

NJ Transit will be required to designate an employee within their police department to serve as a liaison between NJ Transit, the police department or other law enforcement agencies, and the family of a person injured or killed in a rail or bus accident.

The law will require NJ Transit to study and adopt methods to improve their policies regarding interactions with victims’ families, and the returning of personal items.

“Tommy’s Law” is in memory of Thomas “Tommy” Ryan who tragically died in June of 2016 when he was struck by a train at Main Street Station in Ramsey New Jersey.