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Driver Fatally Struck by LIRR Train in Deer Park


Long Island Railroad Conductor Eric McCourt prepares to pull away from the platform on the 12:19 a.m. train headed for Port Washington, in New York?s Penn Station, Thursday, June 16, 1994. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel)

A bakery truck driver who reportedly drove around Long Island Rail Road crossing gates in Deer Park was struck and killed by a fast-moving express westbound train on Tuesday morning.

The vehicle was struck at a crossing just east of the Deer Park train station shortly before 7 a.m. by the 6:24 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma due in Penn Station at 7:30 a.m., according to the LIRR. One person was injured out of the 300 people on board the train.


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Service is still suspended in both directions on the Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville while MTA police are on the scene investigating the cause of the crash.

The train involved in the collision and two other westbound peak trains were canceled while riders were urged to use other branches of the LIRR. Trains have been replaced with buses while the investigation is continuing.

The driver’s identity was not immediately available.

MTA police reported that riders should expect a “near-normal” rush hour Tuesday evening, but cautioned that there may be some cancellations and delays.

-With Associated Press

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