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Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB issues initial report on fatality at LIRR station
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating a passenger fatality last month involving an MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train at the station platform in Lynbrook, New York.
The NTSB late last week issued a preliminary report of the April 5 incident, in which a passenger on the platform came into contact with the side of the train, fell and died as the train was leaving the station.
The train entered the station at 8:11 p.m. and departed about a minute later after passengers disembarked and boarded, NTSB officials wrote.
LIRR rules require crew members to make sure all people are clear of the train and doors before closing the doors and beginning movement. After the assistant conductor signaled to the conductor that all passengers were clear of the train, the conductor closed the doors and told the engineer to depart the station.
After the train began movement, the conductor said he saw a person move toward the train, about halfway down the platform, near the waiting room. The person made contact with the side of the fifth or sixth car of the train and fell to the ground. The conductor then called the engineer to stop the train and also signaled for the train to stop.
After the train stopped, the conductor and assistant conductor got off the train and discovered the deceased person on the platform about 85 feet from the east end of the station.
The NTSB is conducting a limited investigation of the accident with investigators reviewing data and interviews provided by the Federal Railroad Administration, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department and LIRR.
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