Train Struck Car in Brentwood That Went Around Gates Killing Two

Originally published: January 22, 2013
Updated: January 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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Photo credit: News 12 Long Island | Officials say a Long Island Rail Road train slammed into a car east of the Brentwood station around 10 a.m.

Photo credit: News 12 Long Island | Officials say a Long Island Rail Road train slammed into a car east of the Brentwood station around 10 a.m.



BRENTWOOD, NY (MorichesDaily) — An equipment train collided with a vehicle near the Brentwood station Tuesday, sparking a fire and causing suspending service on the Ronkonkoma Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, police and railroad officials said.

Both fatalities were in the car, a 2010 Nissan Maxima which was decimated by the impact.

The wreckage ignited, burning the Nissan and the front of the LIRR train. Firefighters from the Brentwood Fire Department extinguished that fire, officials said.An LIRR spokesman said the bodies in the car were burned beyond recognition, and their identities had not yet been determined.

The car went around lowered crossing gates moments before the fiery crash Tuesday morning that killed the car’s two occupants, a police spokesman said.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority police Capt. Neil Boyle said the gates at the Brentwood Road crossing were down when the train struck the car, pushing it about 1/2-mile before coming to rest at the Brentwood station.

“As he approached the crossing the motorman saw the vehicle go around the lowered gate,” Boyle said at a news conference on the station platform, nearby the wrecked car and the train on the track.

“He put the train into emergency brake, sounded his horn,” Boyle said. “That’s when he struck the vehicle. The vehicle then was pushed approximately half-a-mile and it came to rest here.”

Witnesses say the car erupted in flames after being struck. Photos from the scene show an utterly demolished car.
Car in flames at Brentwood LIRR accident scene
A railroad spokesman said details were still emerging and LIRR service is suspended on the Ronkonkoma Branch in both directions from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma.

Suffolk County police said the collision occurred at a crossing in Brentwood at about 10:05 a.m.

Buses have been ordered with an ETA of 11:15-11:30 a.m. to serve customers between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale.

Customers are advised, if possible, to seek alternate train service on the Montauk, Babylon and Port Jefferson branches.

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9 Responses to Train Struck Car in Brentwood That Went Around Gates Killing Two

  1. Tony on March 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This type of incident is not acceptable because such incidents takes lots of valuable life's from us. I feel very upset to learn that terrible accident and what's the best ways to stop happening such accidents. Thanks.

  2. Sullavan on May 30, 2013 at 2:16 am

    These types of incidents are really sad full and common now days. For this we are responsible as we have the knowledge about such type of accident; not interested to follow it. Car becomes the vital vehicle for communication. Eighty percent of people used car as their way of communication.

    Car is one of the luxurious motor vehicle which is very much comfortable to seat. Now a day everyone wants some new features and some very comfortable car. Technology also changing day to day, so due to our changing technology we are able to have cars with very furnishes and well developed engines and looks also becoming eye catching.

  3. Steven Moore on July 15, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Accidents are common now-a-days and people losing their lives for mere negligence. Nobody is serious about this. This is really very sad news, for mere negligence two lives come to an end. The cause of the accident is not yet identified, but proper investigation is needed to find the real culprit. Car riders have to be more aware at the time driving.
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  4. Steven Moore on July 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Accident can happen at any moment. Sometimes accidents happens bad driving and sometimes due to disturbance of driver, so while riding a car or any vehicle the driver should be very conscious. This is really very sad news. I think this is the fault of the car driver because he had to watch properly before passing the level crossing. Due to mere negligence such an accident occurred so one should alert at the time of traveling.
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  5. Amand on July 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Oh! So sad. Many lives were come to end and many peoples were injured such accident. This type of accident should not happen. But injury of life becomes a day to day news. some times these injury has nothing value where as on other time it is very serious. – See more at: http://morichesdaily.com/2013/01/train-hit-vehicl

  6. Danish Rich on July 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I have read this article. This is really bad. We must have to be careful to avoid accidents like this. As we know that these accidents happen only because of two reasons. One is because of the careless driving and another is for the vehicles break down. So, to avoid these accidents we have to drive our car carefully and properly and also we have to repair our vehicle from good repair centers whenever required to avoid our vehicles break down and for its smoother running. .

  7. Smith Albert on July 27, 2013 at 3:07 am

    This is really bad to know about accidents after reading this article. Actually car accidents are really bad that we all know and also we know that these accidents happen only because of two reasons. One is because of the careless driving and another is for the vehicles break down. So, to avoid these accidents we have to drive our car carefully and properly and also we have to repair our vehicle from good repair centers whenever required to avoid our vehicles break down and for its smoother running. .

  8. John Thomas on July 31, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Car crash is really very sad incident and it can cost a lot to people. The people travel through the car might have lost their life or seriously injured in the accident. The accident are generally occurs due to loose of control over driving. The death rate in accidents are more than others, so car riders have to be more aware which will save many lives.
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  9. Michelle on October 10, 2013 at 2:58 am

    The cause of the accident is not yet identified still it is expected that the accident happened due to carelessness of the driver of car. One should be alert while driving because at any moment accident can happen. Distracted driving and consuming intoxicant at the time of driving should always be avoided. Safe riding can keep drivers free from such miserable issues, so try to maintain safe riding throughout journey.
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