Update: Police ID Driver of Car on LIRR Tracks

Car was on third rail; power was cut through Huntington to extinguish fire.

Update: MTA police have charged Juanke Kimble Jr., 36 of Roosevelt, with aggravated unlawful operation of a motor vehicle after police and fire crews responded to a car fire on the LIRR tracks in Syosset Wednesday.

Long Island Rail Road service was temporarily stopped Wednesday night after a car was found on fire and on the third rail, said First Assistant Chief Pete Silver.

At 8:59 Wednesday night, Syosset Fire Department responded to a call that a car was on the LIRR tracks at the Syosset-Woodbury Road crossing, according to Silver. Upon arrival, firefighters found the car on the tracks, engulfed in flames and on the third rail about 100 feet east of the crossing, said Silver, adding that an oncoming eastbound train had seen the car just in time, stopping before striking the car.

Power was turned off to the rails from Huntington through Syosset as firefighters descended on the scene. According to MTA police, the fire took less than 20 minutes to be extinguished. Silver said the scene was turned over to the MTA police at 9:30 p.m. to extract the car from the tracks.

LIRR service was stopped between Huntington and Hicksville stations to allow the scene to be secured. MTA police said they did not foresee any long term service disruptions.

No one was injured, said MTA police.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Heather Doyle June 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Hi Darren. We're trying to get an update on that from MTA police now. I'll update when we get more info.
Fish Hunter June 14, 2012 at 09:01 PM
any updates? seems fishy, especially looking at the vehicle.
Heather Doyle June 15, 2012 at 03:14 AM
No updates on an ID or cause yet. We'll keep you posted!
Fish Hunter June 16, 2012 at 08:08 PM
From what I heard someone tried to off themselves this is second hand and not a trusted source.
DDB June 19, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Perhaps a rogue GPS...."Turn Left Here".


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