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Car crash near Garden City LIRR crossing injures 1, officials say

Service was briefly interrupted on the Hempstead line after the Wednesday evening accident.

Long Island Rail Road officials said debris was cleared from a car crash near a railroad crossing in Garden City on Wednesday evening, an incident that left one person injured and caused delays on the Hempstead line of up to 45 minutes.

Officials began sending out alerts shortly after the collision between two cars, which LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan said happened shortly before 6 p.m. at Nassau Boulevard. The delay originally had been attributed to a car on the tracks, not debris from the crash that temporarily suspended service to the Hempstead station altogether.

“The 5:19PM train from Atlantic Terminal due Hempstead at 6:08PM is delayed at Stewart Manor due to an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks near Nassau Blvd” read one of the first of at least 13 tweets notifying passengers of the trouble starting about 6 p.m.

Subsequent tweets said trains were delayed by up to 45 minutes because of the incident, and that MTA police and emergency medical technicians were on the scene investigating.

Donovan said there was a crash and that at least one person was hurt, but the victim's condition was not known.

The later tweets, though, said the problem had been cleared about a half-hour after the first notification.

“Service has been restored on the Hempstead Branch following an earlier vehicle on the tracks at the Nassau Boulevard crossing,” the officials wrote. “Customers can anticipate residual delays averaging 30 minutes. We will keep you updated.”

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