Man Struck and Killed by NJ Transit Train Identified
The victim of a train accident has been identified as an Atlantic City firefighter.
Rail service was suspended yesterday morning as a result of an Atlantic City Line train striking and killing a man around 7 am yesterday.
Authorities have now identified the victim as 45-year-old Albert Mallen Jr. of Egg Harbor Township.
The accident occurred around 7 am Monday (6/26) on the Atlantic City Line of NJ Transit. The train departed from the Atlantic City station at around 6:40 am. The accident happened 2 miles north of the Absecon station.
Mallen Jr. was a star athlete at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon for both football and baseball. He was the star quarterback, taking the team back to back to the South Jersey Non-Public A title in '87 and '88. He was also a pitcher for the baseball team at Rutgers University. In 1992 the team won the Atlantic 10 title and made it to the NCAA Tournament.
In a statement Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evan said,
"The Atlantic City Fire Department is deeply saddened by the death of Firefighter Albert J. Mallen, Jr. Albie dedicated his life be to the protection of the Atlantic City communities and was an integral part of the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties."
His father was Albert Mallen Sr., a New Jersey State Police detective who was shot and killed on August 28th 1985 in the line of duty.
Mallen Jr. is survived by his mother Peggy and two sons, Gavin and Ryan.
New Jersey Transit deemed the accident as a trespasser fatality.
There were 150 passengers and crew members on the train at the time, none were injured by the crash. Service was resumed at around 10 am the same day.