LIRR train kills person; delay on Ronkonkoma line

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The Long Island Rail Road suspended service on the Ronkonkoma branch between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma as of 10:45 Tuesday night after a person was struck and killed on tracks in Central Islip.

Marjorie Anders, an MTA spokeswoman, said the person, believed to be a "trespasser," was struck at the Pond Road crossing just west of the Ronkonkoma stop, by a train that departed Penn Station at 9:15 p.m. The train was due at the Ronkonkoma station at 10:37, but it was running a few minutes behind, Anders said.

The LIRR planned to make bus service available at the Central Islip station Tuesday night to take passengers to the Ronkonkoma station, Anders said. She did not know how long the delay would last but expected Wednesday's commute to be on a regular schedule.

Some 200 passengers remained on the train Tuesday night, as MTA officials investigated and cleared the tracks, Anders said.

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A westbound train that departed Greenport at 9:39 p.m. and was due at Ronkonkoma at 11:02 p.m. was held in Medford, Anders said.

There was no immediate indication when service would resume as of 11:30 p.m., Anders said.

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