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Man fatally struck by LIRR train near Deer Park

A man was struck and killed by a Long Island Rail Road train Friday east of the Deer Park station, a railroad spokesman said.

Sam Zambuto, the spokesman, said a man in his 40s on the tracks near the Fifth Avenue crossing was struck by an eastbound train at 5:45 p.m.

"MTA police are still investigating the incident, but the preliminary investigation indicates that this appears to be accidental," Zambuto said.

The train involved, the 4:35 p.m. from Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal, scheduled to arrive in Ronkonkoma at 5:57 p.m., was initially held at the scene, he said. Passengers reached their final destination up to 80 minutes late. The Ronkonkoma line east of Farmingdale experienced delays of from 30 minutes to an hour on subsequent trains, he said.

The MTA police were investigating incident to determine the identity of the individual killed and the circumstances surrounding his unauthorized presence on the tracks, Zambuto said.

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