About 2:18 a.m., on Sunday, March 14, 1982, a privately owned southbound Ford van was struck by eastbound Long Island Railroad Train No. 4602A, a commuter passenger train, at a railroad/highway grade crossing on Herricks Road and the main line of the Long Island Railroad in Mineola, Nassau County, New York. The Ford van, occupied by a teenage driver and nine teenage passengers, had been driven around a properly functioning lowered gate with flashing lights onto the crossing. Following the impact, a minor fire was ignited in the van's motor compartment. The fire was quickly extinguished by a local fire department. Nine of the van occupants were killed and one passenger was critically injured. There were no reported injuries to the passengers or crew aboard the commuter train.