Car near Great Neck LIRR tracks halts Port Washington branch service for 2 hours

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Train service on the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Rail Road was halted for two hours Sunday morning after a vehicle drove off a road in Great Neck and landed on an embankment close to the tracks, the MTA said.

MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said a 2011 Toyota Prius driven by a man born in 1955 drove off the Barstow Road overpass at around 7:15 a.m.

The car landed on an embankment close to the east end of the platform at the Great Neck LIRR station, Donovan said.

Train service was halted until 9 a.m. so the car could be removed, he said.

While the car was not on the tracks, "it was close enough so we did not feel comfortable operating train service as long as the car was there," Donovan said.

The driver, who was alone in the car, suffered minor injuries. No one else was injured and no charges were filed.

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