LIRR Long Beach branch service disrupted when train hits car on tracks

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
LIRR Long Beach branch service suspended after train hits car on tracks
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Eastbound Long Beach trains are being diverted to Lynbrook, Rockville Centre and Freeport.

EAST ROCKAWAY, Long Island (WABC) -- Service was disrupted Monday afternoon on the Long Island Rail Road's Long Beach branch when an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks was struck by a non-passenger train.

The accident happened at about 3:45 p.m. just west of Centre Avenue in East Rockaway.

A person inside the vehicle was removed conscious and alert, and taken to a local hospital.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but the MTA said it appears the person drove around the crossing gates, which were down, and drove onto the tracks.

Service was suspended in both directions between Lynbrook and Long Beach as emergency crews responded to the scene, but later resumed.


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