LIRR service resumes after accident

September 15, 2009 2:39:56 PM PDT
Eyewitnesses describe the Ford Explorer as a white bullet tearing down the street Rolando Ibacacache says the SUV crushed a number of side mirrors, including his, destroyed a parked car, sliced through a utlity pole and shot through a fence before landing on the tracks

It happened at 8:45 this morning. The LIRR immediately suspended all trains along the Long Beach Line

Once crews hoisted the car off the tracks you could see where it was burned by the 3rd rail. Engineers estimate about 1000 feet of the 3rd rail was damaged.

The 40-year-old mother had to be rescued. Her 8-year-old daughter was able to climb out herself and call for help. Thankfully, she was not electrocuted. Both were taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

We're told the mom was dropping off her child to school when she lost control. Locals believe she suffered a seizure. Officials would classify it only as a medical condition

Crews spent hours repairing the tracks at Centre Avenue.

Westbound Service was restored on the Long Beach Branch just before 2:00 p.m.

Eastbound service was restored about an hour later.


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