A car rear-ended a vehicle at a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) crossing in Riverhead, New York, on Thursday, pushing the vehicle through the crossing and into the path of an oncoming train, injuring two people.
The car that was struck was stopped at the train crossing shortly before 2 p.m. when it was rear-ended by another car, MTA told NBC New York. The train slammed into both of the vehicles, demolishing a minivan off to the side of the tracks and also damaging another smaller car.
Five people were in the cars that were hit at the time of the crash. One person was airlifted to the hospital; another person was taken to a medical facility with non-life threatening injuries. The other three were not injured. MTA officials told NBC New York that the railroad gates were down at the crossing and the lights were functioning properly at the time of the accident. Some delays were reported on the rail line while authorities investigated.