LIRR Train Hits Teen Monday, Delays Montauk Branch Service

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Long Island Rail Road service to and from Montauk was interrupted Monday afternoon when an eastbound train struck a teenager in Center Moriches.

The train, which left the Jamaica station at 11:30 a.m., was traveling about 60 mph when it hit 16-year-old Eric Albrecht of East Moriches shortly after 1 p.m., LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan said Tuesday morning, sending the teen to Stony Brook Hospital with blunt force trauma to the right side of his body.

Eric was wearing headphones and listening to music as he was walking across the tracks, Mr. Donovan said, so the train conductor was unable to alert the teen. The incident is under investigation.

Suffolk County and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police were called to the scene and halted the train for a little more than an hour, LIRR spokesman Sal Arena said.

After the train was given the OK to continue east, it stopped at the next station in Speonk to unload all its passengers. A privately contracted bus picked them up in Speonk then proceeded to make all the stops along the route and arrived in Montauk sometime between 4:30 and 5 p.m., Mr. Arena estimated. The train originally was due to arrive around 2:15 p.m.

A Jamaica-bound train set to leave Montauk at 2:51 p.m. was canceled, and passengers were picked up and transported by bus; meanwhile, a 3:47 p.m. train from Speonk to Jamaica was delayed about an hour, Mr. Arena said.

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