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Cops: Man Struck, Killed by Train at Robbins Lane

Police say man was crossing at Robbins Lane. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

A man was struck by a train early Saturday afternoon, according to police and fire departments. MTA detectives said they are investigating the case preliminarily as a suicide.

A 10-car LIRR passenger train traveling eastbound at 75 miles per hour was passing through at Robbins Lane at about 12:49 p.m. Saturday when a male pedestrian crossed in front of it, according to Detective Sargeant Kim Riley. The train blew its horn at the crossing but the man was hit, said Riley.

Nassau County Police and responded to the call, but the fire department was sent back after being told the police would handle the situration.

"The patient was pronounced dead on arrival...We [] began to respond, but were told to turn around," said Syosset Fire Chief Robert Kaplan.

Syosset Fire Department returned about 3 p.m. to secure the scene before train service was restored.

Riley described the victim as an older, white male.

MTA police have taken over the investigation, with the support of Nassau County Police. The investigation is currently ongoing.

Family members of the victim have been notified. Police have not released the man's identity as of this report.

Buses were ordered to accommodate customers, according to the LIRR. Trains began running on the Port Jefferson line again once tracks were determined to be in order by the fire department.

Patch will update on this story as new information is provided.

susan r April 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Wow, such compassion,
Heather Doyle April 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM
So far, we haven't received any further updates on this startling tragedy. We will update the story if any more details are released.
arlene April 30, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Heather -- the man who was killed is from East Norwich, not East Northport. Please correct. Thank you, Arlene G.
Heather Doyle April 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Hi Arlene. We'll check this and change it. Thanks.
Grifhunter May 01, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Wow, I'd love an explanation of why my posts were taken down.

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