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LIRR: Man hit, killed by train in Smithtown

Passengers at the Long Island Rail Road station

Passengers at the Long Island Rail Road station in Port Jefferson on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Credit: Steve Pfost

Service on the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Rail Road was suspended most of the Wednesday morning rush hour after a man was struck and killed by a train in Smithtown, the railroad said in a statement.

A railroad spokesman, Aaron Donovan, said that, about six hours after the person was struck, he has not been identified -- but said Metropolitan Transportation Authority police were investigating the case as a potential suicide. Details were still emerging, he said.

In an alert posted on its website at 6:41 a.m., the LIRR said all service was suspended after a person was struck by a train east of the Smithtown station. It was not clear what time the accident occurred.

Several trains were immediately affected by the suspension, including the 5:59 a.m. train from Port Jefferson to Hunterspoint Avenue. That train, held just east of Smithtown, is believed to be the train involved in the incident. Donovan said he could not confirm that information.

Service was suspended in both directions between Port Jefferson and Huntington. It was restored at 8:52 a.m.

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