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Jan 3, 2019 9:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

LIRR Suspends Montauk Branch Service Last Week After Tractor-Trailer Is Struck By Train In Quogue

Jan 8, 2019 2:07 PM

The Long Island Rail Road suspended service on the Montauk Branch early Thursday morning, January 3, after a Penn Station-bound train crashed into a tractor-trailer in Quogue.

The 4:41 a.m. train from Southampton, due at Penn Station at 7:02 a.m., struck the tractor-trailer at the Old Depot Road crossing at 5:13 a.m., according to an LIRR representative.

No injuries were reported, and the one person aboard the train was transported to the Speonk train station by a Quogue Village Police officer.

Quogue Police Chief Christopher Isola explained on Thursday morning that the tractor-trailer driver was not in the truck upon impact.

Charles Britten, 62, of Gresham, Oregon, had exited the truck just minutes before the train was scheduled to reach the crossing at Old Depot Road. Chief Isola said that the railroad crossing is graded and elevated from the roadway, noting that the truck and trailer was “pitched” at the crossing.

“The grade is too high—a truck and trailer will not make it across that,” he said.

Mr. Britten, who was reportedly making a delivery to a local business, was issued a summons by Quogue Village Police for violating the state and locally designated truck route. Chief Isola added that the load within the trailer was not damaged and that only the truck was struck by the train.

He could not confirm the name of the trucking company or details about the delivery, offering only that the driver was likely unfamiliar with the area.

LIRR crews responded to the scene at approximately 8 a.m., on Thursday and service was restored as of Friday morning.

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Put the money from the traffic ticket towards improving the track crossing.
By A Great American (77), East Quogue on Jan 3, 19 8:53 PM
Improve the track ceossing. At this day and age the crossing should be crossable.
That's the LIRR fault...
By knitter (1624), Southampton on Jan 4, 19 11:58 AM
Quogue Village, call LIRR and get this fixed, NOW. Don't wait for a fatality. Please...
By knitter (1624), Southampton on Jan 5, 19 11:59 AM
Even though it was dark, should the train engineer have been able to stop in time to avoid this accident? That location is in the middle of a long straight section of track, isn't it? Was the headlight working OK, and was the engineer paying attention? Did passengers hear the train's whistle blowing, and for how long?

Are there good overhead lights at that crossing? What was the weather like? [foggy, rain, etc.]

Plenty of questions to be answered IMO.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 6, 19 5:29 AM
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