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NJ Transit: Westwood Man Hit By Train In Hillsdale Claimed To Have Bomb

Jordan Konikoff sustained minor facial cuts, an NJT spokeswoman said.
Jordan Konikoff sustained minor facial cuts, an NJT spokeswoman said. Photo Credit: Toni Rose Marino for DAILY VOICE

HILLSDALE, N.J. -- A 30-year-old Westwood man who responders said ducked under a downed safety gate in Hillsdale before being grazed by a commuter train Friday night claimed to have a bomb, authorities said.

"The threat was not -- repeat: NOT -- deemed credible," NJ Transit spokeswoman Lisa Torbic told Daily Voice after the 8:20 p.m. incident.

Jordan Konikoff, 30, sustained minor facial cuts when he was struck by the No. 1641 train carrying 15 customers and crew members on the Pascack Valley line just west of the Hillsdale train station, Torbic said.

He was later charged with making terroristic threats, interfering with transportation, using terroristic threats and defiant trespassing, she said.

Service on the line was suspended for about an an hour and 20 minutes, Torbic said. A bus bridge accommodated those on board the 1641, she said.

"The train must have been going at a slow speed," a responder later said. "He was very lucky."

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