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LIRR: Man hit, killed by train in Syosset

A man was killed after darting in front of a speeding train in Syosset Tuesday morning, an investigation that delayed service on three branches, the Long Island Rail Road said.

The man was struck about 6 a.m. on track east of the Syosset-Woodbury Road railroad crossing by the locomotive of a westbound train carrying 300 commuters, authorities said.

Passengers told MTA investigators that the man lay out of view along the tracks, then ran out in front of the 4:55 a.m. train from Port Jefferson, LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said.

Authorities have been trying to identify the man and said he appeared to be in his 40s, Arena said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County medical examiner, the LIRR said.

Service on the Port Jefferson branch was suspended for more than two hours in both directions between Huntington and Hicksville, the railroad said. There were also delays on the Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay branches throughout the morning, LIRR said.

No one aboard the Port Jefferson train was injured, Arena said, adding that all aboard had been transferred to a "rescue train" at 7 a.m. to complete the westbound trip.

Service was restored between Huntington and Hicksville just after 8:30 a.m., the LIRR said on its website.

By noon, there were minor scattered delays.

It was the second such incident on Long Island in two days.

On Monday, a woman on the Wyandanch station platform survived after jumping in front of an eastbound train at 1:22 p.m., Arena said.

He said the train's locomotive engineer reported that the woman was at the edge of the platform, looking onto the tracks, before jumping in front of the train.

The woman, from Wheatley Heights, was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, Arena said.

With John Valenti

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