CENTRAL ISLIP - The MTA is investigating to determine if there was a problem with an automatic gate at a Central Islip LIRR crossing where a father of four was killed in a crash last week.
As News 12 Long Island has reported, an empty LIRR train collided with a car on Friday just east of the Brentwood station on Suffolk Avenue, near Route 111. The accident killed 63-year-old Adolfo Munoz, of Brentwood.
The LIRR investigation comes after new surveillance video of the deadly accident surfaced. News 12 Long Island obtained the graphic footage, which shows the crossing gate come down as the victim's car goes over the tracks. Munoz is seen trying to back up, but the train smashes into his vehicle.
According to an MTA spokesman, there were eight fatalities at railroad crossings on Long Island in 2012, and all were caused by drivers or pedestrians ignoring the crossing gates. The spokesman says he doesn't believe this case will be any different.
Munoz's family, however, is having trouble believing that he would have driven onto tracks while a crossing gate was coming down. In fact, his nephew says this particular crossing has not always worked properly.
The family is planning a funeral for Munoz on Wednesday.