Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00
A 45-year-old Selden man was killed at the Mineola train station after leaning over the tracks and being struck by an eastbound train that was departing the station. According to a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) spokesman, the initial investigation indicates that it was accidental.
Service was suspended on Monday, March 8 at approximately 2:15 p.m. after the man was killed. According to a LIRR spokesperson, the man who was on the platform on the south side of the tracks at the Mineola station leaned into the side of an eastbound train as it was departing the station. As a result, the man then fell to the platform with the moving train fatally striking his head as it was passing through, the spokesperson said.
“Based on the preliminary investigation by the MTA police, it appears to be an accident, but the MTA Police are continuing to investigate,” said LIRR spokesman Sam Zambuto.
The man was identified as Dennis Truberg of Selden.
Service was temporarily suspended in both directions on the main line of the railroad between Jamaica and Hicksville for approximately 90 minutes to allow the police to investigate.
The suspension of service affected the Ronkonkoma, Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson/Huntington branches. The suspension of service also resulted in 11 eastbound trains out of Penn Station being canceled.
Service on the main line was restored just before 4 p.m. At that point, only one of the two tracks was being used through Mineola. Trains on the Ronkonkoma, Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson/Huntington branches experienced delays up to 90 minutes.
— Joe Rizza