Service resumes on LIRR Ronkonkoma line after car struck by train

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LONG ISLAND — Trains again are running on a portion of the Long Island Rail Road Ronkonkoma Branch that was closed just as the Thursday morning commute began, authorities said.

Service is back in both directions between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville after an unauthorized car drove onto the tracks and was hit by a train east of the Bethpage Station, LIRR said.

Riders are warned to expected residual delays as the LIRR single tracks through Bethpage, the agency said. Crews are on the scene repairing damage to the track and third rail.

An MTA spokesperson said there was no driver inside the “crushed” vehicle when officials arrived on the scene. An investigation is underway.

The snarled train commute was the second major commute issue Thursday morning. A portion of westbound Long Island Expressway was closed when a truck overturned between Exits 27 and 28.