Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road trainhit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said.
LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and a female passenger was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known, Newsday reported. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.Metropolitan Transit Authority police are investigating how the livery cab got onto the tracks at the crossing where the accident occurred. Arena said the crossing gates were down at the time. The train, traveling east from Penn Station, was carrying about 500 passengers. It was due to reach its last stop in Ronkonkoma at 1:37 p.m. The accident happened about 1:20 p.m., Newsday reports. Two of the train’s cars reached the Wyandanch station platform after the livery car was hit, so passengers were able to exit by walking through the train to the cars at the platform.
Service on the line was suspended in both directions until shortly after 3 p.m., the railroad said, and buses were brought in to transport passengers until service was restored.