LIRR Ronkonkoma branch restored after person struck

August 9, 2013 6:31:25 AM PDT
Long Island Rail Road service has resumed in both directions between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale after a train struck an unauthorized person on the tracks east of Deer Park.

The agency says the accident occurred on the Brentwood-North Bay Shore border early Friday morning.

The accident involved the 5:29 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, due in Penn Station at 6:38 a.m. The person was struck around 5:50 a.m.

The LIRR says it's not clear if the victim was trying to cross the tracks or if the gates were functioning properly.

The accident remains under investigation.

The 8:15AM from Penn, due Ronkonkoma 9:39AM, was the first train to operate east of Farmingdale. The 9:11AM from Ronkonkoma, due Penn 10:32AM was the first westbound.