LIRR: Crossing gates worked at crash site

A Long Island Rail Road train struck a car on the tracks near the Brentwood station Friday afternoon, killing the driver and disrupting service for a couple of hours, an LIRR spokesman said. Videojournalists: Paul Mazza and Stringer News (May 10, 2013)

The gates at the Long Island Rail Road crossing where a train fatally struck a motorist on Friday appear to have been working properly, LIRR officials said on Monday.

"The tragic incident last Friday at the Long Island Rail Road's Islip Ave. crossing in Brentwood is under investigation," LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said in a statement. "Preliminary findings indicate the crossing gates were functioning as intended at the time."

The accident occurred in Central Islip, east of the Brentwood LIRR station.


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Adolfo Muñoz, 63, of Brentwood, was driving his black 2000 Lexus south on Route 111 before he ended up in the path of a westbound nonpassenger LIRR train shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, at the crossing on Islip Avenue in Central Islip.

Muñoz was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and pronounced dead a short time later.

"The investigation by the LIRR and the MTA Police is ongoing," Arena said.

The LIRR has said the investigation will include downloading information from a "black box" event recording system in the gates to determine their position at the time of the accident.

Muñoz was a retired used-car salesman who worked at his brother's nearby business, DLC Motors, according to his son.

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