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Feb 27, 2016 12:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Truck Strikes LIRR Bridge Near East Hampton Train Station

Mar 1, 2016 11:36 AM

A dumpster roll-off truck struck a Long Island Rail Road overpass over North Main Street in East Hampton Village at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday morning, joining other vehicles that have damaged the low clearance bridge in the past couple of years.

LIRR service was temporarily suspended in both directions between East Hampton and Montauk following Saturday’s incident, delaying an 8:10 a.m. train traveling from Jamaica to Montauk, but resumed in less than two hours, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

According to East Hampton Village Police Sergeant Jeff Erickson, the vehicle damaged the bridge, but there were no injuries or road closures.

Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that they would spend nearly $20 million on an 18-month project to raise the height of two railroad trestles in the village. The North Main Street structure currently has a clearance of 11 feet and the Accabonac bridge is 10.75 feet, although signs indicate 10 feet and 9-feet-9-inches respectively.

For years, village officials have lobbied for these changes due to the ongoing occurrences of trestle-related accidents. In 2015 there were 11 incidents in which vehicles struck the overpasses.

“We were not surprised that there has been another truck accident with the trestle,” said East Hampton Village Administrator Rebecca Molinaro. “It just reinforces the need for the project so we won’t continue to have truck accidents.”

Ms. Molinaro said the village is currently waiting for the LIRR to finalize their engineering plans for the bridges.

“As soon as they do that they will come to village work sessions to present to the public,” said Ms. Molinaro.

The presentation is projected for May or June, she said.

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Seems to happen at least once a year
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Feb 27, 16 3:14 PM
I'm thinking 2-3 times a year in EH. Old crossings. It's only a matter of time before there is an awful accident at the Stephen Hands Path underpass. But the underpass at North Main Street is always getting hit.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Feb 27, 16 10:44 PM
Why hasn't Easthampton Village and town go to the LIRR and point out their negligence of not up grading their under passes.
Southampton had two under passes up graded years ago after many years of hollering.
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Feb 29, 16 2:05 PM
You mean the corrupt and incompetently run LIRR/MTA?
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Feb 29, 16 2:22 PM
Here's a suggestion: use the right of way on either side of the LIRR tracks from Westhampton to Montauk as a path for experimental, driverless "smart cars".

Get Google to pay to test their cars as a transport system that relieves the congestion on the highway. Workers would have to leave their tools at the site -- so security an issue for them -- but maybe a free pass past the endless hours of congestion would spur some innovative thinking on that as well.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Feb 29, 16 2:36 PM