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.

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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