About 6:30 p.m., on July 9, 1980, westbound Amtrak passenger train No. 225 was struck by a 15-foot section of rail that had been protruding from the side of a railcar on Work Extra No. 4934, an eastbound continuous welded rail train, at Linden, New Jersey. The rail penetrated the first car of passenger train No. 225, struck and killed one passenger, and injured 17 others.