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LIRR service restored after fatality

Long Island Rail Road service is on or close to normal after a police investigation into a fatality on the train tracks had delayed and canceled some trains earlier in the day, LIRR officials said.

Some riders on the Montauk line were forced to take a bus to complete their trips home Monday afternoon due to the investigation of the fatality.

The morning commute is not expected to be affected, LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said. The police investigation was completed at 6 p.m., officials said.

Earlier, because of a shortage of train equipment caused during the investigation, buses had replaced trains on the Montauk line east of Babylon, making local stops.

Arena said that a westbound train struck and killed a person on the tracks at the west end of Babylon station. He said the train crew initially thought the train had struck "debris," but the body was discovered on the tracks around 3:30 p.m.

He said the LIRR does not know the circumstances of the death but it was being investigated as a possible suicide.

During the evening rush period, trains could not leave the LIRR rail yard just east of the station to travel west and pick up commuters at Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal, nor were eastbound trains able to enter the yard.

At 6 p.m., the LIRR sent a message to riders saying that the medical examiner and police had concluded their investigation.

Earlier, the LIRR reported several cancellations and delays of as much as an hour on its Babylon and Montauk lines, and said other lines would likely be affected as well. The 3:03 p.m. train ran 71 minutes late.

There were no Babylon-bound trains departing from Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn on Monday evening. Lynbrook customers were advised to travel on Long Beach line trains.

Some trains were combined, and the LIRR advised customers to expect crowded conditions.


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