LIRR: Train kills woman on tracks near New Hyde Park

Officials work the scene after a person was

Officials work the scene after a person was struck by a train on the Long Island Rail Road near the Covert Avenue crossing in New Hyde Park. (Aug. 18, 2013) (Credit: Audrey Tiernan)

A woman was struck and killed Sunday afternoon on the Long Island Rail Road tracks west of New Hyde Park, resulting in a temporary suspension of service between Jamaica and Mineola that was fully restored as of 7 p.m.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the "unauthorized person" was on the tracks near the Covert Avenue crossing and struck about 3:25 p.m., prompting Metropolitan Transit Authority police to shut down service in both directions.

At 7 p.m. MTA officials announced they were resuming service on both tracks, after earlier relying on one track for limited service.


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Arena said commuters on the Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay branches should expect "residual delays" of up to 45 minutes.

MTA police are investigating the crash as a possible suicide, Arena said.

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