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Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Train Hits Cab, 3 People Injured

Jan 12, 2015

Three people were injured on Jan. 7 when a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train crashed into a livery cab located on the tracks of west Wyandanch station, Newsday reports. The injured included two occupants in the vehicle and a train engineer.

LIRR Spokesman Salvatore Arena said that a female passenger was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital and the male driver was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip. The engineer sustained a shoulder injury and was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

Arena said the crossing gates were down at the time of the accident, and MTA police are investigating how the cab got onto the tracks at the crossing on Straight Path.

There were 500 passengers on the train, which was heading east from Penn Station and scheduled to be at Ronkonkoma at 1:37 p.m. According to LIRR, the accident occurred at about 1:20 p.m.

Service between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale was suspended in both directions after the accident until just before 3 p.m. When the vehicle was struck, two of the train cars had already reached the platform; passengers were able to exit the train by walking through to the front. Buses were ordered as an alternative form of transportation.

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