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Driver Struck By LIRR Train in Mattituck Escapes With Minor Injuries

Southold Police report that Mattituck man walked away virtually unscathed after being struck by a train while in his SUV.

An SUV driven by Juan Pablo Ramirez Lazaro, 25, of Mattituck, was struck by an eastbound Long Island Railroad train late Wednesday morning, after Lazaro tried driving around the crossing gate at Elijahs Lane, Southold Town Police report. 

Lazaro was heading south in a Nissan SUV at 11:51 a.m. when the collision occurred, which knocked his vehicle over on one side. Members of the Mattituck Fire Department responded to the scene and transported Lazaro to Eastern Long Island Hospital for minor injuries, police said. Metropolitain Transit Authority police also responded and are investigating the incident.

According to a report from The Suffolk Times, the train began heading to Greenport again at about 2 p.m. with only one passenger aboard, and no charges have been filed yet as the investigation continues.

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Robert Thompson February 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Jeese
BP February 14, 2013 at 08:18 AM
What does Juan Pablo Ramirez Lazaro, 25, of Mattituck say in this lop sided report? The police would have no crew what the driver did.
Boo February 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Wonder if poor hard working Juan Pablo Ramirez Lazaro has a license, insurance, registration or is even legal? Bet he has no health insurance either and we will get stuck with the hospital bill. Even if he is illegal he will probably sue and get $$$ for his stupidity and law breaking. What a country we live in.
Liliana Nealon February 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM
If you live with prejudice you will die with bitterness and prejudice. Such apparently law abiding Americans like BP should also take spelling lessons next time they make assumptions.
Bill February 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM
You people are disgusting. That was a PERSON who was in an accident who, as fellow humans, we should wish him well even if he used poor judgement. If It was a little blond Lisa Smith the comments would have been 'how can we increase crossing gate safety for our precious children?'. Do you know Juan? Maybe Juan is a prominent business owner. Maybe Juan is a hardworking legal, college graduate. Maybe Juan is just a person who crashed. Racism is disgusting.
Bill February 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM
What if Juan does not sue, is thankful he's okay, and has more money than you?
Robert Thompson February 14, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Easy girls. Tough not to snicker at anyone, Juan or Lisa, NOT HURT who went AROUND a crossing guart to find a train.
Hope and Change February 14, 2013 at 03:03 PM
here's an idea. lets get "Juan" on the next train out of the country. he has already sucked and wasted his share of our costly resources (free to him of course) freight train will do.
This town is hysterical February 14, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I'm Surprised Vineyard 48 is not blamed for this somehow? Lol!
Sharon Sailor February 14, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Nice to see people jump to conclusions!! Assume Juan is illegal, assume Juan will sue, assume Juan has no license, assume, assume, assume. Try getting the facts and then make an educated evaluation. The article states no charges filed, I am sure if he were unlicensed he would have incurred a summons!! Maybe he made an error in traffic judgement, as all of have! Let's try and get facts before we create scenarios!!
cyn f February 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Too many angry bitter inappropriate people around here. This is a beautiful, and bountiful place. Why are there so many unhappy people that feel the need to point the finger and lay blame? Wise up folks, none of us are perfect and in this country, we are all immigrants and on this planet, we are all visitors. peace out.
Daisy February 18, 2013 at 03:22 PM
WOW! what are you mad at. Life?

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