Newsday reported recently that a motor vehicle accident occurred in the Long Island hamlet of West Hempstead, involving a train and a thankfully unoccupied vehicle, on the evening of Wednesday, February 10.
According to a news release issued by the Long Island Rail Road, the incident took place between 8:25 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at the Eagle Avenue crossing of the West Hempstead branch of the Long Island Rail Road, near the Lakeview station. A westbound train struck an unoccupied SUV, appearing to be a dark color according to released photos, that had either been parked or abandoned on the tracks at the crossing.
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The Long Island Rail Road reported via their Twitter account that the accident caused several delays of service and cancellations, including the cancellation of a 9:05 p.m. train from Valley Stream due in West Hempstead at 9:19 p.m. and an 8:21 p.m. train from West Hempstead due in Jamaica at 8:47 p.m. but normal service was restored by about 9:30 p.m. Eagle Avenue was closed between Woodfield Avenue and Hempstead Gardens Drive.
The incident is being investigated by the Metro Transit Authority Police. No information was released about the number of people on the train or any injuries they sustained.