Maybe he was on his way home from work and took a shortcut to Westbury. Maybe he's done it a thousand times. But last night, a man was struck and killed by an LIRR train as he walked on the train tracks between Mineola and Carle Place.
An LIRR motorman reported his Huntington-bound train hit a man just east of Mineola around 12:56 a.m. Train service was immediately halted as MTA, Nassau County Police and LIRR crews searched frantically in the dark for human remains.
About 1:15 a.m., they found him.
Vehicles were stationed by the LIRR train trestle over Glen Cove Road, halfway between the LIRR Mineola and Carle Place stations, as investigators collected the remains; two ambulances and EMTs continued to stand by.
Full train service was restored about 2 a.m. The condition of the remains has not been disclosed.
It is illegal to walk on the train tracks. But people do it anyway.
On December 15, 2021, another Mineola man was hit by a train near the Carle Place station. He died instantly.
Last October, MTA officials reported that an LIRR train struck a person in Ronkonkoma. In January, the MTA said a body was recovered on LIRR tracks in Floral Park, but cause of death was not known.
In 2019, a 20-year-old Hempstead woman was electrocuted as she walked on the tracks in Freeport.
Experts warn that rumbling follows a train, so a person walking in front of one won't hear the train coming. Walking on train tracks is a crime in New York State.
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