A car “trying to beat the gate” was struck by two trains going opposite directions in Long Island Tuesday night, killing all passengers in the car, police said.
Seven passengers on the trains were hospitalized, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Just before 7:30 p.m., a car allegedly drove around railroad crossing gates in Westbury, MTA Long Island Rail Road president Phillip Eng told CNN. It was hit by an eastbound train first and then a westbound train. At least one train was traveling at “full speed,” according to Nassau County police, and derailed. About 900 passengers were traveling on the trains involved.
The crash ignited fires, and caused significant damage to a concrete platform and rail.
“This is a … very tragic cautionary tale that you just don’t try to beat the train. It’s not going to work,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran told CNN.
The vehicle and the vehicle’s passengers couldn’t immediately be identified.
Cuomo called for a full investigation of the incident. Wednesday, Long Island Rail Road was operating with limited service.
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