It's hard to believe that this terrible accident could not have been prevented. Sadly, stories like this one are nothing new. The brief news report below appeared in The New York Times on December 16, 1945.
SOMERVILLE, N.J., Dec. 15 - Rudolph J. Miskinski, 15 years old, was killed this afternoon when the truck he was driving was struck by a westbound passenger train of the Lehigh Valley Railroad at a grade crossing in South Somerville [Hillsborough]. State police said the youth had taken the vehicle from the yard of his home here without his father's permission. The train was delayed thirty minutes by the accident.