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Person dies after hit by train near Merrick station, LIRR says

A person died after being hit by a train near the Merrick station early Saturday morning, an official with the Long Island Rail Road confirmed.

Approximately 110 people were on the 6:20 a.m. train from Babylon to Penn Station at the time, LIRR spokeswoman Meredith Daniels said by telephone. All passengers were able to get off on the station platform.

No criminality is suspected, Daniels added.

The collision caused delays and at least one cancellation on the Babylon Branch, and trains were rerouted to one of two tracks through the area. At least one other branch also experienced delays as congestion developed, the rail road said.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m., the rail road also advised that its electronic signs might not be accurate.

"Attention Customers: Due to a technical issue, incorrect information may be showing on platform signs. Please listen for station announcements, use the LIRR TrainTime app or visit http://mta.info/lirr for real-time service status and train updates," the rail road tweeted.

The rail road tweeted around 10:30 a.m. that full service on the Babylon Branch had been restored.

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