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LIRR: Service restored after train hits, kills person in Shirley

A Long Island Rail Road train struck and

A Long Island Rail Road train struck and killed a person on the tracks by Smith Road, west of the Mastic-Shirley train station, just after 7 p.m. Thursday, a spokesman said. Credit: LiHotShots

A train hit and killed a man in Shirley Thursday night, suspending service in both directions between Patchogue and Montauk for more than two hours, the Long Island Rail Road said.

The 5:09 p.m. train from Penn Station to Speonk struck the 23-year-old near the Smith Road crossing, which is west of the Mastic-Shirley station, just after 7 p.m., LIRR spokesman Chris McKniff said.

McKniff said early Friday that the man's name was not being released and there was no criminality involved.

Service on the Montauk branch was restored just after 9:30 p.m., but the LIRR tweeted that riders could expect delays of up to 90 minutes. By Friday morning, the railroad reported good service.

The Speonk-bound train was carrying about 300 passengers and continued east as investigators began wrapping up the case at the scene, McKniff said.

Seven buses were dispatched to Patchogue to take riders along the Montauk route. The LIRR had suggested customers use the Ronkonkoma branch.

With William Murphy

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