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Port Jeff service restored after train strikes pedestrian

A file photo of the Port Jefferson LIRR

A file photo of the Port Jefferson LIRR station. (July 16, 2009) Credit: James Carbone

A train hit and killed a person Wednesday morning on the Long Island Rail Road tracks west of Northport, suspending service in both directions on the Port Jefferson branch, the LIRR said.

An LIRR spokeswoman said an unauthorized person was on the tracks and the fatality happened near the Elwood Road crossing, at about 5:05 a.m. She did not have any other details.

Service was halted about two hours. It resumed with the running of the 6:45 a.m. Port Jefferson train due at Hunterspoint Avenue at 8:30 a.m. The LIRR said that train was expected to be 10 to 15 minutes behind schedule.

Three early trains from Port Jefferson also were delayed because of the fatality -- the 4:18 a.m. (due in Huntington at 5:02 a.m.), 4:55 a.m. (due at Hunterspoint Avenue at 6:37 a.m.) and the 5:44 a.m. (due in Penn Station at 7:20 a.m.).

Customers who usually use the Port Jefferson branch were being advised to use alternate LIRR service, including the Ronkonkoma line.

Buses were used to transport customers to other stations, the spokeswoman said.

Suffolk County police also were at the scene of the fatality, a police spokeswoman said.

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