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Accident Report Detail

 
‚ÄčLong Island Railroad, Commuter Train / Ford Van Collision

Executive Summary

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.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the van driver's driving around the lowered crossing gates onto the railroad tracks into the path of the train. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the influence of alcohol on the driver's judgment and driving ability.


Accident Location: Mineola , NY    
Accident Date: 3/14/1982
Accident ID: DCA82AH004

Date Adopted: 10/14/1982
NTSB Number: RHR-82-02
NTIS Number: PB82-917004