L.I.R.R. Train Strikes Person on the Tracks in East Hampton Village

East Hampton Village police responded to investigate what led to two people being struck by an eastbound train Saturday afternoon. Dan Meeks

One man was seriously injured when a Long Island Rail Road train hit him, not far from the East Hampton Village train station on Saturday afternoon, according to East Hampton Village Police Detective Sgt. Greg Brown.

The 46-year-old man had a possible toe amputation, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, the nearest level one trauma center. 

He was with another man, a 39-year-old, and they were walking on the tracks about a half mile east of the East Hampton station when they were struck at around 2:40 p.m., the M.T.A. said. Village Police Detective Brown said police do not believe that the second man was struck by the train, but he was transported to Southampton Hospital as a precaution, Detective Brown said.

According to one witness, two men were seen just before the incident walking through the Schenk Fuel parking lot, coming from Newtown Lane, and went onto the tracks. They were carrying brown paper bags with what appeared to be alcohol inside. 

The eastbound train came to a stop near the gas tanks, before the North Main Street trestle.

The incident involved the train that left the Jamaica, Queens, station at 12:10 p.m. and was due to arrive in Montauk just after 3 p.m. 

The East Hampton Fire Department and East Hampton Village Ambulance Association responded. The East Hampton Village police were handling the initial investigation, but the M.T.A. police were responding, as well. 

The train is being held at the scene, according to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman. A westbound train scheduled to leave Montauk at 3:30 p.m. was canceled. The M.T.A. was working to secure buses, but it was unclear if that had occurred yet. 

This article will be updated when more information is made available. 

The train involved in the incident was being held in East Hampton Village as police investigate. Durell Godfrey