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Woman suffers minor injuries after fall into gap at Great Neck train station

A woman sustained minor injuries when she fell

A woman sustained minor injuries when she fell into the gap between the platform and a train car at the Long Island Rail Road's Great Neck station Thursday evening, July 2, 2015, railroad officials said. Her name was not released, and Newsday has blurred her face in this photo. Photo Credit: Ryan Sprotte

A woman sustained minor injuries when she fell into the gap between the platform and a train car at the Long Island Rail Road's Great Neck station Thursday evening, railroad officials said.

The woman, described by one witness as very petite, fell through the gap and ended up on her back next to the tracks as commuters were crowding on and off the train.

Ryan Sprotte, 24, of Manhasset said passengers were getting off the 5:11 p.m. train from Penn Station at Great Neck at the same time that a crush of people were trying to board.

"She was behind me, getting off the train at Great Neck and she took a misstep," he said. "The conductor was right there, and it was pretty crazy -- people were trying to get off, and she fell through the gap. People were trying to crowd around and help her out and everything, and conductors were screaming 'Don't touch her, don't go down there!' "

Sprotte snapped a photo that shows the woman lying on her back near the tracks, just visible in the gap between the train car and the platform. He said she was clutching her arm, which was slightly bloody.

"She looked very worried, and the conductor was asking her, 'Are you OK?' and she said 'No,' " Sprotte said.

The LIRR said the woman suffered bruising after she lost her balance and fell between the platform and the train car at about 5:45 p.m. The LIRR initially said the woman did not fall under the train, but later the railroad acknowledged she had slipped under the train and was helped out by MTA police. She was taken to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset for evaluation.

The incident caused service on the Port Washington branch to be temporarily suspended and resulted in residual delays and a few cancellations in both directions on that branch during the Thursday evening commute.

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