Railroads seek legislative relief following fatal grade crossing collision, derailment

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NEW YORK – Commuter railroads are looking to Albany for help with expenses following grade crossing incidents. That includes a fatal grade crossing strike and subsequent derailment involving two trains in Westbury, in Nassau County on Long Island, on Tuesday evening.

“Costs that should be borne by others are being borne by us currently,” Long Island Rail Road President Phillip Eng tells the New York Post. He comments followed those by Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Norman Brown, who called at Wednedsay's board meeting for a state solution to the problem.

“The expense here is huge, there’s no reason it should be borne solely by the MTA,” Brown is quoted by the newspaper. “Maybe we could pass some legislation here that could put some of the weight on the operators of these vehicles.”

According to Newsday, the incident in question involved a pickup truck, which allegedly went around downed gates while fleeing from a minor traffic crash earlier, that was struck by two passing Long Island Rail Road trains. One of those subsequently struck a nearby station platform. The three occupants in the truck were killed and seven people onboard the trains suffered minor injuries.


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