LIRR train departing the Woodside station. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit
Today was not a good day for the Long Island Rail Road as 2 men were killed in separate incidents after being struck by trains. Joseph Mallia of Newsday filed this report:
Two men were hit by Long Island Rail Road trains in unrelated incidents Monday morning, LIRR officials said.
A 3:31 a.m. accident at a Lynbrook station left a 19-year-old Rockville Centre man, Patrick J. Gordon, dead after he tripped or slipped from the platform and fell in front of an oncoming train, officials said. The death did not appear to be a suicide, officials said.
The second accident involved a man described as “an unauthorized person on the tracks” who was hit by an LIRR commuter train east of the Central Islip station Monday morning, railroad officials said. The exact time of the accident was not available, but officials said the train involved was the 11:11 a.m. westbound from Ronkonkoma.
The condition of the man in the Central Islip accident was not immediately available, but it resulted in the Suffolk police sending for the county medical examiner’s office — an apparent indication that this incident, too, was fatal, officials said.
MTA police are investigating, and it’s not clear yet whether the cases would be turned over to Suffolk and Nassau homicide detectives, railroad officials said.
Rush-hour commuter rail service was not affected by the Lynbrook accident.
Commuter trains on the Ronkonkoma branch of the LIRR were delayed between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma. The 11:11 a.m. train, scheduled to arrive at Penn Station at 12:35 p.m., was held at the accident scene. Also delayed was an eastbound train, the 10:15 a.m. from Penn Station, due in Ronkonkoma at 11:40 a.m.
I feel bad for the first victim as it seems his death was an accident. However I do not feel bad for someone being hit by a train when they had no business being on the tracks to begin with. When will people learn that railroad tracks are not a place to be on unless you are qualified to be there? I am sick of this stupidity causing damage not only to the service people depend on but the operator as well.
xoxo Transit Blogger