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Eastbound LIRR train stops after operator falls ill

An eastbound Long Island Rail Road train was stopped between stations and delayed Monday after its operator apparently became ill, railroad officials said.

The 11:06 a.m. train from Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn due at Far Rockaway at 12:03 p.m. came to a halt just west of Valley Stream. A conductor checked on the engineer and found him conscious but unresponsive, said LIRR spokesman Joe Calderone.

Calderone said all LIRR trains are designed to stop automatically if their operator becomes incapacitated. The engineer was taken to a nearby hospital where he was undergoing testing Monday, Calderone said.

A supervisor was brought in to take the train to Far Rockaway. Nobody was injured in the incident, Calderone said. LIRR officials plan to examine the train's event recorder to determine precisely why it stopped.

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