Westbury Rail Incident [2-26-19]

On the night of Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 the Westbury Fire Department was called to a car versus train with fire at the intersection of School Street and Railroad Avenue. When firefighters arrived on scene, they were met with a vehicle that had been struck by an eastbound train followed by a westbound train at the ground level crossing. As a result, the vehicle was destroyed beyond recognition claiming the lives of three occupants inside the auto and causing debris to catch fire in multiple locations along the tracks. After the impact the westbound train continued for some distance, derailed, and struck the platform [closer to Linden Avenue] causing concrete and metal to break apart and scatter. Hundreds of people between both trains were safely evacuated by the two-hour mark of the operation. Aside from the trio of fatalities around one dozen people were injured – at least one seriously. The Westbury Fire Department called on several neighboring departments for assistance including but not limited to Carle Place, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Plainview, Roslyn, East Meadow, Levittown, Uniondale, and Syosset. During the operation four additional ambulances were kept at Westbury fire headquarters should they be needed. The technical rescue team matrix was put into operation and teams from Bethpage, Massapequa, Freeport, and North Bellmore responded to the scene. The incident is being investigated with details still emerging. All fire department units were under the command of Westbury Chief of Department Kenny Gass [9601].

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