Tragedy struck during tonight’s rush hour as a 13 year old boy was killed after being run over by a LIRR train. Here is the story courtesy of NY1:
Authorities say a 13-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Long Island Rail Road train Friday evening in Queens.
The accident happened just west of the Forest Hills station. The eastbound train had left Penn Station shortly after 5 p.m.
Sources say the boy may have been spray painting graffiti when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Hospital.
As a result of the accident, Friday’s evening commute was delayed along the Long Island Rail Road. LIRR service into Penn Station was suspended, and there were outbound delays of up to two hours.
Normal service was restored by Friday night.
Here is a longer article about it courtesy of 1010 Wins
A boy was struck and killed by a Long Island Rail Road train headed to Huntington during the evening rush hour Friday, officials said.
Friends of the boy’s family told 1010 WINS the 13-year-old was with a group of friends graffiti-ing the area, which is in the vicinity of Rego Park, Queens.
The victim was a student at Russell Sage Junior High School and at a Hebrew school in Forest Hills, and lived with his single mother who moved to Queens from Israel before her son was born.
The incident occurred around 5:40 p.m. near 67th Road and Austin Street. The boy was in the company of a friend, who notified the police, said Detective Kevin Czartoryski, a police spokesman. Police declined to notify the boy pending discussion wtih relatives.
A friend of the family told 1010 WINS the boy’s mother is still in shock, partly because no one knew or can understand what he was doing at the train tracks at sundown. 1010 WINS’ Steve Kastenbaum reported the tracks themselves are extremely inaccessible to pedestrians.
The boy’s body has been removed from the tracks.
The train, which carries about 1,000 people at that hour, was between the Woodside and Forest Hills stations in Queens, according to Susan McGowan, an LIRR spokeswoman.
Service was suspended for hours in both directions between Jamaica, Queens, and Pennsylvania Station in New York City. Limited eastbound service was restored on the eastbound trains two hours after the accident, and full service was restored with heavy delays by about 9 p.m., LIRR officials said.
The 5:17 p.m. train was scheduled to arrive Huntington at 6:21 p.m. but was delayed at the scene several hours as investigators worked.
The incident caused backups at Penn Station. McGowan said New York City Transit honored LIRR tickets to help ease the flow.
I hope to not offend my readers but I am an honest man. I do not believe in sugarcoating things whether good or bad. My question is what in the hell was this kid thinking? What would posses you to be anywhere near or on train tracks?
My heart goes out to his family. I find it a shame that they lost a loved one because of blatant stupidity. I know it might seem harsh but the truth must be told! People stop getting near or on train tracks. The tracks are so dangerous & all the deaths that occur haven’t woken people up! Kids, adults, animals, hell even monsters if they exist, stay away from the tracks!