Crossing gates eyed after deadly train crash

February 13, 2009 3:16:47 PM PST
Authorities are investigating whether crossing gates were working properly after a driver was killed by an eastbound Long Island Rail Road train. The accident happened just before 9:00 this morning.

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The eastbound train headed to Huntington struck a vehicle on Robbins Lane, a spokesperson said.

Nassau County police say the car's driver was killed. He was identified as Michael Grande of Muttontown.

LIRR spokesman Sam Zambuto says the gate at the grade-crossing had been repaired an hour before the fatal crash.

There were conflicting reports about whether the gate was up or down at the time of the accident. Zambuto says an electonic monitoring device shows the gate was down, but witnesses indicated otherwise.

A day earlier, a wind-blown gate smashed into a train at the LIRR station in Bethpage.


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