UPDATE: SUV Struck by Train at Hewlett Railroad Crossing

Female driver uninjured after her car was on the tracks and was subsequently hit by an oncoming LIRR train.

Several emergency personnel units were on scene in Hewlett Wednesday morning as a Long Island Rail Road train struck a vehicle at the crossing at West Broadway and Hewlett Plaza.

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According to MTA spokesperson Sam Zambuto, the incident occurred around 9:50 a.m. and involved a Toyota Rav 4.

The SUV, driven by a 55-year-old woman, was stopped on the tracks and unable to move from the crossing. The train struck the vehicle, "causing minimal damage to the car and no damage to the train or tracks."

"There were no reported injuries," Zambuto said. "Also, based on the MTA Police preliminary investigation, the crossing gates appeared to have been operating as intended and were in the down position for the approaching train. The driver was issued a summons for obstructing the crossing."

The train, which was operating on the Far Rockaway line, was delayed for approximately 90 minutes.

Nassau County Police, MTA Police and New York State Troopers were at the scene.

This story was updated at 1:24 p.m. on Nov. 21.

Les November 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
apparently it struck a car
ftptch November 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
surprise .... surprise.... many many ppl in 5t cant drive....... if they dontstop 4 stop signs.... or red lights.... y would they stop 4 a train........... every1 only thinks 4 themself.......
carriegood November 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
That crossing is a menace. I go over it every day, and I've lost count of how many times someone is stuck on the tracks for the red light at Burger King. They re-timed the traffic lights at that intersection a few years ago, and ever since, going through it is a massive clusterf**k. I was once stuck because the person in front of me stopped suddenly to let people in from the side road -- and when the gates came down, no one would move up or back to let me out. I ended up getting back far enough but the gate ended up on my windshield. So don't jump to conclusions that it's the driver's fault.
Sam Livingston November 21, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Another idiot who got their license in a cracker jack box!
ftptch November 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
even tho a train isnt coming y would u stop on the tracks............. it is the drivers fault........ just like how drivers ignore the laws when double parking in cedahurst...... or ignoring red lights in hewlett........ retiming is not the problem..... drivers w/ a me first attitude are!!!!!!!!
ftptch November 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM
and ur situation.... u shouldnt be drivng over the train tracks unless u have a clear path 2 exit....... how hard is it to understand this???????????????
carriegood November 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM
While you sit on your high horse and criticize everyone else's inferior driving skills, try reading what I wrote. The person in front of me, with a green light, stopped suddenly so someone on the side street could go in front of him. And of course the guy behind him jumped in too. Then the light turned red and there was nowhere to go. I don't double park or ignore lights or rush stop signs or frighten pedestrians either. But not everyone is perfect, sorry.
Lisa November 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Unfortunately many drivers in the 5 Towns have no consideration for other drivers or pedestrians. I've seen countless of times where I'm waiting in a single lane on Broadway or West Broadway to turn and the driver behind me passes in front of me not knowing that a pedestrian in front of me is attempting to cross that same street. Isn't "passing" in a single lane illegal? In Cedarhurst on Central Ave it's not unusual to see double parking, drivers making U turns or failing to stop at Stop signs. I witnessed 2 accidents that fall under these scenarios, one where the passenger was injured. People are either selfish or forget simple rules of driving. We should have new legislation that would require drivers to renew their license every 10 years by taking a driving test again. It may be a nuisance for some but in the long run I'm sure it will reduce accidents, make it safer for pedestrians and drivers,and provide a revenue for NY (fees).
Gail November 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
No one was injured? What about all those poor people trying to get home who were delayed another hour & 1/2 because a 5Town foolish woman in a SUV didn't think stopping on a RR track rule applied to her?
Glenn S Todd November 23, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Every single time that someones vehicle gets hit by a train you always want to blame the railroad. The FAULT lies with the driver who is too dumb to realize that if there is not enough room to go over the crossing then you wait until the traffic clears. It is known as common sense 101 which many people do not use when they are driving.
ftptch November 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
carrie y were u driving on the train tracks when u didnt have a clear exit path????? if the driver in front of u stopped close enough to the tracks to block u,.... u were following too close...
ftptch November 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM
ur right...... esp in 5t...... long island drivers are all me first drivers........ plus u have many cluelesss driver in 5t...... like lisa said..... look @ cedarhurst......... dbl parking..... uturns on major roads & holding traffic...... driving thru stop signs.......
Sam Livingston November 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM
If you check the DMV vehicle and traffic laws, it states that you are NOT to stop on railroad tracks. Simply, that means you do NOT get on the tracks until your exit on the other side is clear. There is only one person to blame for your accident, and that is yourself. The train can go only one way on the tracks and can't suddenly stop because a car is there.


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