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Sep 30, 2009 1:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

LIRR trains almost collided in Bridgehampton in August

Sep 30, 2009 1:40 PM

Long Island Rail Road officials are increasing supervision on the Montauk branch after two trains almost collided head-on near Bridgehampton in early August.

According to a press release from the LIRR, a westbound train carrying no passengers did not pull off the main track area, onto a siding, near the Bridgehampton station to allow an eastbound train with 20 passengers to pass during the early morning hours on Saturday, August 1. The engineers realized their error before the trains collided, and each braked, stopping within 700 feet of each other, according to published reports.

The Bridgehampton LIRR station is located at the corner of Maple and 
Butter lanes, slightly north of 
Montauk Highway.

After the incident, the LIRR began an investigation and removed the six employees responsible for the potential accident from duty. Since the completion of the investigation, the LIRR employees responsible for the near collision were disciplined, the release states.

LIRR administration also implemented new protocol to improve communication among employees and increase oversight of train movement in the area. Training programs for employees have also been improved, according to the rail road.

“Safety is the number-one priority of the LIRR and we will be doing additional checks on the Montauk branch to ensure compliance with these protocols,” the release states.

Jessica DiNapoli

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This isn't the first "Technical head On collision" - just the only one where the LIRR got caught and 'fessed up.
By Candide08 (8), Sag Harbor on Sep 30, 09 1:06 PM
Ditto -- hope the Press will file FOIA requests to check on MTA documents. Maybe the East End Shuttle concept should be pursued?

Plus, why did the eastbound train NOT pull off on to the siding? Any drug or alcohol tests performed? If not, why not?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 4:18 PM
Correction, westbound train was scheduled to pull off onto the siding.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 4:20 PM
I remember the Rockville Centre crash many years ago in the early 50's-same thing-there were several others during that period. The LIRR has a great history but if they are hiring non-English speaking people to run trains who have no sense of railroading or the history and the pride involved, then we are all at risk and they are disgraced.
By foxnfowl (17), Southampton on Oct 8, 09 5:10 PM