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Mattituck man killed by LIRR train drove around gate, MTA says

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A driver was killed after a commuter train slammed into his vehicle at a Mattituck grade crossing Tuesday afternoon, March 22, 2016, an MTA source said. The train was traveling from Greenport to Ronkonkoma when it hit the vehicle at the Elijahs Lane crossing just after 1 p.m., said Salvatore Arena, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

A Mattituck man was killed Tuesday when authorities said he drove around a lowered crossing gate and his pickup was struck by a Long Island Rail Road train.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority police, which investigates accidents involving MTA trains, identified the victim as Frank McBride, 35.

A railroad spokesman, Salvatore Arena, said McBride was taken by Mattituck Fire Department ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead after the accident, but said he died there of undisclosed injuries.

McBride died at 1:52 p.m., police said.

The accident remains under investigation.

MTA police said the fatal crash occurred shortly after 1:10 p.m., when the westbound train from Greenport to Ronkonkoma struck the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup that had gone around the lowered crossing gate at Elijahs Lane in Mattituck.

The train hit the driver’s side door of the southbound pickup, police said.

The train was carrying four passengers. None were injured.

Photos from the scene showed the smashed pickup in a right-of-way space alongside the tracks.

Two Ronkonkoma line trains were canceled, the railroad said.

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