LIRR service suspended east of Mineola after train strikes car on tracks

MINEOLA, Long Island — LIRR service was suspended east of Mineola in both directions after a non-passenger train struck an unauthorized car on the tracks Friday.

The train had finished its run and was returning to Jamaica when it struck a vehicle that was on the tracks at Mineola Train Station located on Main Street and Willis Avenue, according to the MTA. Police said the car and part of a nearby building caught fire. The building and the train were evacuated.

No one was injured in the collision, the MTA and police said. It is currently unknown if the car was occupied when it was hit. The accident is under investigation.

Several trains were canceled Friday night. There is extensive track damage at Willis Avenue and crews were working through the night to repair the tracks.

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