LIRR Train Strikes Vehicle on Track, Suspending Service to Ronkonkoma for Several Hours - NBC New York

LIRR Train Strikes Vehicle on Track, Suspending Service to Ronkonkoma for Several Hours

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    An LIRR train heading from Penn Station crashed into a car on the train tracks Sunday afternoon.

    Long Island Rail Road service was suspended for several hours Sunday afternoon when a train struck a vehicle on the tracks.

    A 4:12 p.m. train heading from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma due at 5:32 p.m. struck a car that was on the railroad tracks near Carleton Avenue West of Central Islip, an MTA spokesperson said.

    The MTA does not believe that the accident will affect the morning commute.

    There were no reported injuries. The vehicle was burned, but it wasn't clear if the fire was caused by the train's impact, the Associated Press reported.

    The agency tweeted at 5:47 p.m. that service had been suspended between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma following the collision.

    At 8 p.m., LIRR officials said the passengers had been evacuated from the train and taken to the Central Islip station, where they were awaiting another train. The AP reported about 500 passengers were evacuated.

    The vehicle had been cleared off the track by that time.  

    Shortly before 9 p.m., the agency tweeted that service had been restored between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.