LIRR: 2 hit, killed in separate accidents

Police at the scene of an accident where Police at the scene of an accident where a man riding a bike was struck and killed as a train was entering the defunct Center Moriches LIRR station at Railroad Avenue in Center Moriches. The station has been closed for years. (June 8, 2013) Photo Credit: John Roca

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Two men, from Center Moriches and Ronkonkoma, were hit and killed by Long Island Rail Road trains in separate accidents Saturday morning.

In the first, a bicyclist, Miguel Reyes, 46, of Center Moriches, was struck near East Moriches around 10:10 a.m., a railroad spokeswoman said.

She said several witnesses, including a Suffolk County deputy sheriff, told MTA police they saw a man ride his bicycle into a lowered crossing gate.

The deputy sheriff said the man got up, picked up his bike, and went under the gate, as he and a woman yelled warnings at him. The train hit the man shortly afterward, the spokeswoman said.

Twelve passengers were on the train at the time.

Service was temporarily suspended between Montauk and Patchogue and buses were sent to pick up passengers.

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In the second fatality, Michael O'Leary, 31, of Ronkonkoma died after a Ronkonkoma-bound train hit him about a mile west of the Ronkonkoma station at 11:30 a.m., the railroad spokeswoman said.

She said the area where the accident occurred is wooded and that the man stepped from behind a signal box at the side of the tracks and into the train's path.

The train, the 10:13 a.m. out of Penn Station, had 200 passengers.

Service to the Ronkonkoma line was restored shortly before 2 p.m., the LIRR said.

With Nicholas Spangler

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