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LIRR: Driver of car hit by train dies

A Long Island Rail Road train struck a

A Long Island Rail Road train struck a car on the tracks near the Brentwood station yesterday afternoon, killing the driver, an LIRR spokesman said. (May 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Paul Mazza

A Long Island Rail Road train struck a car on the tracks near the Brentwood station Friday afternoon, killing the driver, an LIRR spokesman said.

The accident involving the westbound nonpassenger train happened shortly after 4 p.m., at the crossing on Islip Avenue in Central Islip. Service was disrupted between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale for a couple of hours.

The driver and sole occupant of the car, identified only as a 63-year-old man, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and was pronounced dead a short time later, said LIRR spokesman Sal Arena.

No other injuries were reported. The crash happened at the first crossing east of the Brentwood station, Arena said.

Arena said it was too early to tell whether safety gates were up or down at the time of the accident.

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