Train Strikes Car in Patchogue (Updated)

Car had broken down on the train tracks and was stuck, no reports of injuries in crash at Rider Avenue crossing.

A Long Island Rail Road train collided with the car on the tracks of the Rider Avenue crossing in Patchogue Wednesday morning.

The vehicle was struck at approximately 6:45 a.m. by the westbound train that left Speonk at 6:21 a.m., Salvatore Arena, MTA spokesperson, told Patch.

The driver, Angel Cando, had already left the vehicle before the train struck, as MTA police determined that while passing over the tracks the vehicle's front right wheel came off. As a result the car was stuck.

Arena said that the train engineer attempted to stop the train upon seeing the vehicle, but was unable to avoid the collision.

Cando, 27 of Patchogue, was arrested by police on charges of driving without a license.

There were delays on the LIRR's Montauk branch for about an hour following the crash. Service has since returned to normal.

Updated 12:53 p.m. with incident information from the MTA.

Robert Garcia October 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
The Driver should have his License revoked. The railway gates were in the down position.
SoMo October 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Where was the driver? I'd like to thank him for screwing up my morning commute
Dylan October 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
He's in jail.....because he had no license.......
Dennis Barone October 17, 2012 at 06:09 PM
The drivers name was Angel Cando and he was arrested for driving without a license. When are the police going to crack down on unlicensed drivers. Angel is not the only one.
Jill Pacey October 17, 2012 at 06:37 PM
What an idiot! Get a valid Driver's License AND a reliable car! - Jill from Patchogue.
Jill Pacey October 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
He did NOT have a license!
Joseph Adriano October 17, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Does this guy work at Patchogue Village Hall? He'd fit right in.
Keith Hendrickson October 17, 2012 at 08:06 PM
He or someone else should have called 911 as soon as he got stuck. If that happened to me, the first thought I would have would be 'a train could come along any second now and they may not be able to stop.'
PatchawgFatGuy October 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Stuff happens, but driving w/o license is not good. Probably didn't have insurance either.
denise October 18, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Why was he arrested for no license. How about all the drug dealers who are everywhere in patchogue and polce don't do anything, what an idiots....
denise October 18, 2012 at 05:48 PM
why will he fit right in????
Joseph Adriano October 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Disregard for the law....unlawful use of vehicles....you name it....we also have a lot of theft up there at Patchogue Village Hall that goes basically unpunished....
feduponbay October 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Classic Patchogue, an illegal driving a beat to death Honda.
feduponbay October 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM
He should run for board member and use village money to fix the car
Richard Kemp October 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Well at least he got out of the car before the collision, a car is no match for a diesel powered locomotive train.I will have to say this was one time the engineer should have used his whistle.Wonder how far the train pushed the car headed west toward Village Hall ,The place where a lot of things occur and a lot of things do not occur according to the most recent audit................


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