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First responders work the scene of a collision involving a Manhattan-bound commuter train and a vehicle in Westbury, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. The Long Island Railroad says service was suspended Tuesday evening in both directions on the Ronkonkoma and Huntington/Port Jefferson branches. (Howard Schnapp/Newsday via AP)
February 26, 2019 - 7:27 PM

WESTBURY, N.Y. - The Latest on passenger train that struck a vehicle on Long Island (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says two trains travelling in opposite directions were involved in the collision with a vehicle on Long Island that killed three people.

Cuomo says seven passengers on the trains have been hospitalized with non-fatal injuries. He says he's calling for a full investigation.

Nassau County police say the vehicle was "trying to beat the gate" when it was struck at an intersection in Westbury just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say all occupants in the vehicle were killed.

Police say one of the trains, which was carrying about 200 passengers, was going at "full speed" when it crashed.

One end of the train struck the north side of the platform, crushing about 30 yards (27 metres) of concrete.

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8 p.m.

Authorities say three people were killed when their vehicle was struck by Manhattan-bound commuter train on Long Island.

Nassau County police say the vehicle was "trying to beat the gate" when it was struck at an intersection in Westbury just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say all occupants in the vehicle were killed. Several passengers on the train also suffered minor injuries.

Police say the train, which was carrying about 200 passengers, was going at "full speed" when it crashed.

Local TV news helicopter video showed the train cars standing upright after the wreck, but with the forward cars off the rails.

One end of the train struck the north side of the platform, crushing about 30 yards (27 metres) of concrete.

Many emergency vehicles were on scene, including ambulances.

News from © The Associated Press, 2019
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