9:48 a. m., e.s.t., December 1, 1974, a man was killed as a Long Island Rail Road commuter train departed Huntington Station, N. Y. The victim had attempted to exit the standing train, but he was initially trapped between two sliding doors as they closed on him. This kept the doors open far enough for the door power-interlock to prevent the engineer from starting the train. When the man succeeded in moving the upper part of his body to the outside, the doors closed and locked on his right ankle, enabling the train to start. Since none of the crewmembers had observed the victim's entrapment, the conductor gave the "all clear" signal, and the engineer started the train.
The victim was dragged backward along and off the platform; then, he contacted the third rail and was electrocuted. The conductor, who was alerted by a person outside the train and by a passenger signaled the engineer, who stopped the train after it had traveled approximately 180 feet.