An intoxicated man who fell asleep on the railroad tracks was struck by a westbound Long Island Rail Road train in downtown Riverhead Tuesday afternoon, the second train incident in eight days, Riverhead Town police and the Riverhead Fire Department said. Police and fire crews were on scene shortly after the 1:40 p.m. incident at the railroad crossing at Mill Road.
The victim suffered non life-threatening injuries, a LIRR spokeswoman said. A Suffolk County police helicopter landed at Riverhead High School to transport the man to Stony Brook University Hospital. A fire official said the man, who was in his 40s, appeared to suffer a chest injury.
The LIRR posted on Twitter that the train departed Greenport at 12:42 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Ronkonkoma at 2:06 p.m. The LIRR also posted that a bus will be on scene at 3 p.m. to transport passengers. A 2:42 p.m. train due to arrive in Riverhead at 3:27 p.m. was canceled, the LIRR posted. Buses will transport passengers to provide eastbound service.
MTA police were on scene to complete the investigation.
A Riverhead man was struck by a westbound train in downtown Riverhead last Tuesday night. The 49-year-old survived but his right leg was severed and his left leg suffered serious injuries, MTA police said.
Police later identified the victim of the June 21 incident as John Nullmeyer of Riverhead. A Stony Brook University Hospital spokesperson said Mr. Nullmeyer is listed in good condition.
Two cars were struck by a train in Riverhead in June 2015.
Photo Caption: Emergency responders at the Mill Road railroad crossing Tuesday. (Credit: Krysten Massa)