What to Know
- Three people were killed when two LIRR trains crashed into a vehicle on the tracks in Westbury Tuesday evening, officials say
- Service disruptions and suspensions on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches will continue during the Thursday morning rush
- Officials said the driver was trying to get around the lowered gates at the crossing when the train hit the vehicle
Crippled service on two Long Island Rail Road lines will continue Thursday two days after two trains crashed into a car on the tracks Tuesday, killing three people.
The LIRR plans to cancel 14 westbound trains on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches, and suspend eastbound service altogether. The remaining trains will be delayed about 10 minutes.
These westbound trains will be canceled during the morning rush:
Port Jefferson Branch
- The 5:46 a.m train from Huntington due Penn at 6:41 a.m.
- The 5:59 a.m. train from Port Jefferson due Long Island City at 7:51 a.m.
- The 6:25 a.m. train from Hicksville due Penn at 7:11 a.m.
- The 6:38 a.m. train from Huntington due Atlantic Terminal at 7:36 a.m.
- The 6:59 a.m. train from Westbury due Penn at 7:43 a.m.
- The 7:12 a.m. train from Huntington due Penn at 8:10 a.m.
- The 7:18 a.m. train from Westbury due Penn at 8:02 a.m.
- The 8:55 a.m. from Huntington due Penn at 10:05 a.m.
- The 9:44 a.m. train from Hicksville due Penn at 10:28 a.m.
- The 6:00 a.m. train from Farmingdale due Penn at 6:50 a.m.
- The 6:54 a.m. train from Central Islip due Penn at 8:06 a.m.
- The 6:57 a.m. train from Farmingdale due Penn at 7:48 a.m.
- The 7:40 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma due Atlantic Terminal at 9:01 a.m.
- The 7:51 a.m. train from Farmingdale due Penn at 8:53 a.m.
As a result of the delays, the LIRR "strongly advises" customers to travel on alternate branches if possible, such as the Babylon, Montauk, Oyster Bay and Hempstead branches. Customers can check the mta.info or myLIRR.org websites to check for updates, and get real-time service alerts via email, text and MyMTA or LIRR Train Time app. Scroll down for real-time transit updates via Twitter.
Crews on Wednesday were able to pull away the six undamaged cars from the train at the scene of the collision; they then focused on rerailing the two damaged cars overnight and removed the remainder of the train early Thursday.
There's been extensive damage to the rails, signal equipment and third rail underneath the damaged train, the MTA said.
The LIRR will be able to restore full train service once all track repairs are made.