Elderly Man Falls Through Gap At Great Neck LIRR Station

GREAT NECK, NY (WCBS 880) – Commuters say they’re concerned about the wide gap between the train and platform at the Great Neck Long Island Rail Road station. A 92-year-old man fell into the gap last night.

Rider Daria says it’s a wide one.

“Like, when I go over, I, like, jump over,” she says.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs measured a gap of 8 to 10 inches wide.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs On The Scene

The elderly man who fell through Sunday night is hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

A train is seen at the Long Island Rail Road station - Great Neck, NY - Jun 6, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

A train is seen at the Long Island Rail Road station - Great Neck, NY - Jun 6, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

This latest incident occurred after the railroad spent millions of dollars trying to reduce the gap problem at numerous stations following dozens of injuries, including one fatality.

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