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Man hit, killed on LIRR in third disruption of week, officials say

Commuters at the Long Island Rail Road's Mineola

Commuters at the Long Island Rail Road's Mineola station navigate suspended service on Thursday morning, Aug. 18, 2016. A man not authorized to be on the tracks was hit and killed at about 7 a.m., according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Police said they are investigating the incident as a suicide. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A man was hit and killed by a train in Mineola Thursday morning, authorities said, causing the Long Island Rail Road’s third major disruption in a week.

The Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay branches were shut down in both directions at the height of the Thursday morning commute as MTA police investigated.

The man was fatally struck when he jumped off the platform and into the path of a westbound train, said police, who were investigating the event as a suicide.

Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson were the first to be partially restored, about 8:30 a.m.; service on the Oyster Bay line partially resumed about a half-hour later. But delays of up to two hours stretched into the morning’s commute.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena acknowledged that the “impact on the morning rush was very significant.” He added: “There should be no issue for the rest of this afternoon or the p.m. peak,” Arena said.

There were delays on the Port Jefferson branch Thursday evening, the LIRR’s website showed, but other branches were operating on or close to schedule during rush hour.

Commuters took to Twitter on Thursday morning to express both concern and frustration over the transportation interruptions.

In other disruptions this week, on Sunday, a disabled train inside one of the East River tunnels heading to Penn Station caused the railroad to curtail service, including for Hamptons weekenders returning home.

Then on Monday, a train hit a person on the tracks in Westbury, causing widespread evening rush-hour delays and cancellations.

The LIRR has suspended service on one or multiple branches 13 times since June.

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