The accident occurred on Thursday, June 18, at around 1:45 p.m. at the Mill Road train crossing.
According to eye witnesses, a silver Mercedes was stopped at the train crossing when it was rear-ended by a Honda sport utility, pushing the Mercedes between the train rails. Both cars were then hit by the train.
The driver of the Mercedes was able to get out of her vehicle, only to be hit by her car after it was struck by the train. Thankfully, the train was running at a slow speed as it had just left the Riverhead station.
There were five people in the two vehicles, two of whom were injured. A landing zone for a medical airlift was set up near the Tanger Outlet Center by Riverhead firefighters. The driver of one of the automobiles was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital and is listed as being in critical, but stable condition. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident was transported by ambulance and is listed as being in good condition according to a hospital spokeswoman. Their names have not been released.
There were approximately 20 people on the train, however it initially appeared that none were injured aboard the train. An hour later, one of the passengers did request medical assistance though the reason for the request is unknown.
MTA police are currently not releasing additional details until analyzing further evidence.