BETHPAGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Long Island Rail Road service was snagged for hours Sunday in Bethpage, Long Island, after a small plane crashed right onto the tracks — leaving one person dead and one injured.
LIRR service was restored for the Ronkonoma branch around 8:30 p.m.
The crash is the second one in the Tri-state in just two days, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.
The Hawker Beechcraft BE35 crashed onto the tracks South Oyster Bay Road around 7:45 a.m., Nassau County police and the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The single-engine plane was left in two crumpled parts, 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis reported. The wing was on one side, the body of the plane on the other – and both were on the tracks.
“The plane actually came down right at our crossing,” said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Salvatore Arena. “But luckily, there were no automobiles around and obviously no trains were in the area.”
The pilot, who has not been identified, was killed in the blaze as the plane crashed, officials say.
The passenger, identified as Carl Giordano, 55, of New Vernon, New Jersey, had fallen out of the plane when it struck an upright safety gate, MTA spokesman Salvatore Arena told Newsday.
Employees at Sleepy’s Headquarters a few yards away rushed to help him.
“He was still conscious – you could see that he was weak, that he was all banged up,” said employee Luz Perez. “But he was still speaking that’s how he was able to know that there was someone else in there.”
Perez saw the plane going down.
“It was flying too low, it looked like it was upside down,” Perez said.