Services this weekend for Milford woman killed by train

Services will be held in New Jersey this weekend for the Milford woman hit and killed by a train last Friday.

Lauren Escobar, 45, was struck on the tracks in Milford by Amtrak train #2158 departing Washington D.C. due into Boston’s South Station at 3:42 p.m. last Friday, April 29.

While the Metropolitan Transportation Authority investigation remains active and ongoing, “no criminality is suspected,” according to an MTA spokesperson.

Milford firefighters responded to a report of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a train on the northbound side of the railroad tracks, in the area of Gulf Street and Buckingham Avenue, at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, April 29.

Approximately 300 passengers were on the train at the time. No injuries to train passengers or staff were reported, fire officials said.

According to an obituary notice, Escobar was a nurse, a longtime Milford resident, and a loving wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband: Robert Anthony Escobar; her daughters: Karina Dove and Rachel Kelly, parents: Carl and Alice (Lehr) Rascio; and her brother Mark. She grew up in North Haledon, New Jersey.

She lived in Milford for the last 18 years.

“Lauren always had a green thumb,” reads an obituary notice. “During the winters, she filled her home with warmth, and a jungle's worth of plants. During the summers, her garden was always a mirror of her soul and wardrobe, blossoming with life, color, and creativity.

“Throughout this entire time, she remained involved in the nursing community, bringing healing to patients in the comfort of their own homes and building career-long relationships with her patients and coworkers.”

Visiting will be from  9-11 a.m. at Calvary Temple, Wayne, NJ., Saturday, May 7, with services at 11 a.m.

Click here for the funeral home website and full obituary.

A gofundme page has been set up to help the family: