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Death on Massapequa LIRR tracks probed as suicide

Monday's death of a man on the Long Island Rail Road tracks at the Massapequa station is being investigated as a suicide, a spokesman for the commuter service said.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority police said Tuesday a 37-year-old Seaford man was dead at the scene after being struck by an eastbound train at 4:13 p.m. Monday, according to spokesman Salvatore Arena.

The train originated from Penn Station at 3:21 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Massapequa at 4:03 p.m.

Police said the victim is the same man who was injured about 2:20 p.m. Sunday at the Seaford station when he was grazed by a train. The man was struck by a westbound train that left Penn Station at 1:10 p.m. and scheduled to arrive at Seaford at 2:27 p.m., Arena said.

The man had a cut to his head and was treated at Nassau University Medical Center, Arena said.

Police said the man apparently left the hospital on his own some time after noon on Monday.

"We don't know the circumstances of why he left," Arena said.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said the patient left on his own Monday. Citing privacy laws, the hospital cannot provide any additional information, the spokeswoman said.

The death marked the third on the LIRR tracks since Friday, Arena said. Each is being investigated as a suicide, according to police.

At 6:03 a.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old New Hyde Park man was killed when hit by train at the Merillon Avenue station in Garden City. He was dead at the scene, police said.

At 11:30 p.m. Friday, a man on the tracks at the Queens Village station was struck and killed, Arena said.

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