LIRR service returning to normal after triple fatal collision in Westbury

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The Long Island Rail Road restored nearly full service on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches for the Thursday evening rush following Tuesday's triple fatal train-SUV collision in Westbury.

Only three trains were canceled for the evening rush.

After Thursday morning's rush hour, MTA officials say crews removed the damaged train cars from the site and finished rebuilding the 200 to 300 feet of damaged track, as well as the third rail and the signals.

On Tuesday, officials say there were three vehicles lined up on the north side of the LIRR School Street grade crossing, waiting behind the lowered caution gates. Nassau police say the vehicle in the middle hit the SUV in front of it. Police say the driver then went around the SUV, evaded the lowered gate and drove onto the tracks when it was struck by two trains.

MTA officials say the LIRR will rebuild the 112 feet of platform at Westbury station that had to be demolished.

Read more:
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