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Railroad Accident Brief: Passenger Fatality on the Long Island Rail Road, Lynbrook, New York

Executive Summary

​On April 5, 2018, about 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time, a passenger who was walking eastward on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Lynbrook Station platform came into contact with the side of LIRR train 884. Subsequently, the passenger contacted the side of the train and was dragged and killed by the train as it was leaving the station. The accident happened in Lynbrook, New York, on the LIRR Long Beach Branch. At the time of the accident, it was dark, the sky was clear, the wind was from the south at 19 mph, and the temperature was 42°F.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the passenger to recognize that the departing train was moving as he walked on the station platform. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the high level of alcohol in the passenger at the time of the accident.

Accident Location: Lynbrook , NY USA  
Accident Date: 4/5/2018
Accident ID: RRD18LR005

Date Adopted: 12/3/2018
NTSB Number: RAB1807
NTIS Number:  

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