LINDENHURST, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An elderly woman died in an escalator accident at the Long Island Rail Road station in Lindenhurst Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly before 2 p.m., an 88-year-old woman apparently fell on the escalator serving the station’s platform.  Now, investigators want to know how the woman died. Some commuters said the escalator is out of service quite often.

An off-duty LIRR assistant conductor attempted to assist the woman to no avail when the accident occurred.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon Reports The Investigation In Ongoing

One firefighter told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that the woman’s clothing got caught.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall Reports The Escalator Will Be Taken Out Of Service

Sources told CBS 2 the woman was on her way to work and was riding the escalator up to the platform when her dress got caught in the escalator steps before she fell backward to her death.

“There’s no elevator. So there’s no access for elderly people like the person who passed away to get to the top of the platform.  The stairs for her must have been a burden and the escalator was her only option,” commuter Joe Anchor told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.

Commuter, Deborah Ramos said the escalator needs safety updates. Ramos nearly fell on the same escalator when she says it malfunctioned Tuesday morning.

(credit: Sonia Rincon, 1010 WINS)

“The right handrail just stopped halfway through and I myself lost my balance. So it wouldn’t be shocking that someone else that’s elderly or disabled lost their balance and injured themselves,” Ramos said.

The incident is currently under investigation by MTA police.  The escalator was immediately taken out of service for inspection, the LIRR said.

The transit agency offered it’s “heart-felt condolences” to the woman’s family.

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Comments (12)
  1. Potters field says:

    Old people smell. Just saying

  2. Ken says:

    That escalator has been a hazard forever. Especially on a windy day, it was really scary when I was a kid because it was too narrow and the angle was too steep. An elevator would be ideal. We have people in wheelchairs who cannot access that station.

  3. Love NYC says:

    Does anybody have a heart anymore? Do any of you have a grandmother or parent that you care about? Just wait, you won’t stay young forever.

  4. texzzzzz says:

    Chances are she had on very long shoelaces or her dress was ripped, or she had something hanging from a bag she was carrying…..

    Or she took off a scarf and she had it dragging on the floor…and whoosh…

    This is why they installed those bush bristles on the sides to prevent this….



    1. Lisa says:

      Your an idiot.

    2. trollface.jpg says:


    3. anniewhere says:

      You should PRAY that you are of sound mind and physically active as she was at 88 years old! As a nurse, I’ve met plenty of older people that are more vivacious than YOU! Just because someone is older doesn’t mean they belong in a nursing home – but I guess that’s how you’d treat your mother!! Jackass!

    4. Gerry says:

      Irene Bernansky was my friends mother and was an exceptionally vibrant 88 year old… as a tack with no physical difficulties whatsoever. This event is absolutely tragic to all those who know her, especially her daughter and son. RIP.

  6. Robert Moses says:

    This is another reason why ALL public transportation should be banned.

    1. Boomer says:

      Gosh your comments are stupid.

      Go away, troll.

    2. Boomer was overrated as qb and sux as radio host says:

      Just saw the headline and was going to write “waiting for Robert Moses’ input”.

      Geez, you are fast.

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