LIRR escalator reopened months after woman's death

The escalator at the Long Island Rail Road station in Lindenhurst was reopened today, months after an elderly woman died when she fell and her

WANTAGH - The escalator at the Long Island Rail Road station in Lindenhurst was reopened today, months after an elderly woman died when she fell and her clothing got caught in the machinery. Irene Bernatzky, 88, was killed when her scarf got caught in the escalator back in March. The incident prompted the LIRR to inspect all of its 19 escalators at stations across Long Island. Officials say 10 of the railroad's escalators were shut down while crews installed new safety measures. Escalators remained closed for repairs at the Amityville, Babylon, Baldwin, Copiague, Freeport, Hicksville and Wantagh stations. The LIRR says the escalators are being equipped with safety sensors, steps, chains, and brake assemblies. Railroad officials say they hope to have all escalators back in operation by October.

Many LIRR escalators still closed months after fatal accidentLIRR: Escalator in fatal incident was set to be replaced

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