The average evening commute on the MTA Long Island Rail Road is usually a nightmare for riders as they tend to know to expect some sort of issue to creep up.
However last night it went beyond the nightmare stage for riders on the Ronkonkoma line who saw service suspended in both directions between Farmingdale & Ronkonkoma after Gilma G. Pabon, 66, of Holtsville was killed when she went around a lowered crossing gate around 8 pm just outside of the Brentwood station.
For those who follow me on Twitter (click here to do so) know that my plans were ruined because of the accident. I actually was heading to the city to see some friends perform while covering them for my music site IndieMusicReview.
I made it to the station to catch the 7:58 out of Ronkonkoma when just as we were going to depart, an announcement came on about train traffic ahead of us. I figured it was due to some Ronkonkoma-bound train running late. However a few minutes later they mentioned a vehicle being struck & I knew this was not going to be good for our chances of departing.
I decided to stick it out for a bit but not long thereafter, the conductor came on & was refreshingly honest in saying that she did not see us leaving anytime soon.
Just by looking at the time, I knew I had no option of going to another line to catch a train that would get me into the city with enough time to make the show. So I decided to get off the train and as I was walking, the announcement came on that service was suspended in both directions.
So I ended up staying on the island and could not help but think that a transit related disaster once again involved the LIRR which to us regulars sadly comes as no surprise.
xoxo Transit Blogger