LIRR service to Montauk delayed after train strikes car in Patchogue

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PATCHOGUE, Long Island (AP/PIX11) — Authorities say one person has been taken to a hospital after a vehicle collided with a Long Island Rail Road train east of Patchogue.

MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan says the incident occurred at 12:09 p.m. Tuesday at the Ryder Avenue crossing.

The 50-60 year old male driver was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Of the 13 passengers on the train, no one was injured.

MTA Police and local EMS have suspended train service until investigation of the area complete. MTA PD will confirm whether the crossing gate was operational at time of incident, as well as looking into eyewitness accounts.

This crash featured the same crossing gate system as Mondays’s incident with warning lights and bells sounding moments before  the gates drop. However, Tuesday’s crash was in single track, diesel territory whereas Monday’s was in double track, electric territory.

Eastbound:

  • The 11:30AM train from Jamaica due Montauk 2:15PM is operating 45 minutes late due to a train ahead striking an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks. It will be canceled at Bridgehampton. Customers will be accommodated by bus service points east.

Westbound:

  • The 2:51PM train from Montauk due Jamaica at 5:50PM is operating 13 minutes late due to an earlier train striking an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks east of Patchogue.

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