Teen's own actions led to LIRR gap death, board rules

(11/20/06) MANHATTAN ? The state Public Transportation Safety Board (PTSB) says a Minnesota teen?s own actions led to her death in a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) gap accident. According to the PTSB,

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Nov 20, 2006, 11:00 PM

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(11/20/06) MANHATTAN ? The state Public Transportation Safety Board (PTSB) says a Minnesota teen?s own actions led to her death in a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) gap accident.
According to the PTSB, the girl had been drinking with friends before the accident. Board members believe her 0.23 blood alcohol content (BAC) may have been partly to blame for the accident. The board also ruled the LIRR was in compliance with government safety standards.
Nineteen-year-old Natalie Smead was killed at the Woodside station while on her way to a concert. The accident prompted numerous calls for the LIRR to tighten up gap spaces at several stations on Long Island.
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