2016-10-12 / Front Page

LIRR Train Derails In New Hyde Park, Hundreds Evacuated, Dozens Injured

PHOTOS JASON D. ANTOSPHOTOS JASON D. ANTOSA derailment on the Long Island Rail Road resulted in dozens of injuries but no fatalities on October 8 in New Hyde Park.

Service to the line was fully restored by Monday afternoon allowing limited service on the LIRR’s Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay Branches. Full service was restored in time for evening rush hour.

The derailment happened just after 8 p.m. approximately 500 feet from the Mineola Station when the 12-car LIRR train collided with a a work train performing track maintenance, according to state officials.

Thirty-three people were injured, four of them seriously, and 600 passengers in total were evacuated. Thirty-three people were injured, four of them seriously, and 600 passengers in total were evacuated. Thirty-three people were injured, four of them seriously, and 600 passengers in total were  evacuated.

Within hours after the accident, eastbound service on Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay branches, east and westbound trains were able to share the track most of the day through the derailment site.

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate.


–Jason D. Antos

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