Jennifer Vazquez

Car Strikes, Breaks Crossing Safety Gate at Site of Last Month’s Dual Fatal LIRR Train Collision

Incident caused LIRR delays as crews worked to fix the gate

What to Know

  • A passing vehicle has caused rail delays after it struck and broke one of the crossing gates at the Westbury Station Monday morning on LI
  • The broken crossing gate is at School Street crossing, the same site as fatal LIRR collision last month that claimed the lives of 3 people
  • LIRR has directed trains to operate at reduced speed through the School Street grade crossing as a precaution while crews fixed the guard

A passing vehicle has caused rail delays after it struck and broke one of the crossing gates at the Westbury Station Monday morning on Long Island— at the same site as the horrific dual fatal Long Island Rail Road train collision last month that claimed the lives of three people.

The MTA says it appears the car clipped the gate while passing through at about 11:20 a.m.

The LIRR directed trains to operate at reduced speed through the School Street grade crossing as a precaution. 

The LIRR sent repair crews to the site and the crossing gate was fixed, the rail company tweeted, reporting slight delays.

During repairs, trains passed through crossing at 15 mph for about 30 minutes, the MTA says.

It is unclear if anyone was injured.

Two Long Island Rail Road trains traveling in opposite directions collided with a vehicle on the tracks in Westbury the night of Feb. 26, killing all three occupants inside before one of the trains derailed and tore into a concrete platform, officials said.

A driver was apparently trying to get around the gates at the School Street crossing in Westbury Tuesday evening when the vehicle collided with an eastbound train that was just pulling out of the station; it was then slammed by a westbound train, MTA officials said at a news briefing.

The car that went around the railroad crossing safety gates and caused the train collision in may have been fleeing a minor fender bender, police say.

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