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LIRR Announces New Safety Measures For Escalators In Wake Of Elderly Woman’s Death

Closed escalator at the Long Island Rail Road station - Lindenhurst, NY - Mar 14, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Closed escalator at the Long Island Rail Road station – Lindenhurst, NY – Mar 14, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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LINDENHURST, NY (CBSNewYork) – The Long Island Rail Road’s escalator system is getting a safety review following the death of an elderly woman at the Lindenhurst station.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports

Irene Bernatzky, 88, was killed earlier this month after officials say she fell on the moving stairs and was strangled when her clothing got entangled in the escalator mechanics.

In the wake of her death, the railroad has announced a comprehensive review of safety measures, maintenance practices and reporting procedures involving escalators.

New sensors designed to shut down escalators when problems are detected will be among the safety enhancements to be installed by the LIRR.

The inspections have already begun and most safety enhancements should be in place over the next three months.