Seaford Man Struck by 2 LIRR Trains in 2 Days


A 37-year-old man who was fatally struck by a Long Island Rail Road train in Massapequa on Monday evening had survived being hit by another train one day prior, authorities said.

Sean Gauci was hospitalized for a non-life-threatening head wound he suffered when he came on contact with the first train at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday in his hometown of Seaford, said LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena, citing information from MTA Police.

Nassau University Medical Center spokeswoman Shelly Lotenberg said Gauci eloped Monday, but could not release additional details. He was treated through at least noon, when his family visited, according to Arena and MTA Police.


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Arena said Gauci told MTA Police the Seaford case was a suicide attempt. The Massapequa incident is also being investigated as a suicide.

Gauci was the third person struck and killed by an LIRR train in four days. An unidentified man walking on the tracks in Queens Village was fatally hit at 11:30 p.m. Friday. Jose Alexi Villatoro, 22, of New Hyde Park was killed in a suspected suicide shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday just west of the Merillon Avenue station.

Also on Friday evening, an intoxicated man who was found lying near to the LIRR tracks west of Hampton Bays station was first suspected of being struck by a train, but was later found to have been sleeping. He was charged with trespassing after being evaluated at Southampton Hospital.

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