Steve: With my 4444th post (I normally only will mention post numbers at thousand intervals) this is an
appropriate time to add some additional information to this topic:
1-The last remaining open crossing on the Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville turned out to be
the pedestrian crossing at Nassau Tower on the east end of Mineola Station. This crossing was closed in
the aftermath of the sub-station demolition problems on the morning of Tuesday March 9 permanently.
2-The Herricks Road grade crossing accident occurred at about 2:15 AM on Sunday morning March 14, 1982.
The train that struck the van was #4602 to Port Jefferson which has been mentioned previously in this topic.
There are older posts and recollections showing information about the train and the time of this incident.
I understand how 452 feels about this subject - there are some bad memories here of this tragedy.
I brought this subject up because of the anniversary date and recent grade crossing closures.
I never saw the UPI photo since it did not come up on my device.
Eliminating the grade crossings on this 10.1 mile segment of the Main Line between Floral Park and
Hicksville ended up taking almost exactly 39 years from the time of the accident through to today.
I will agree with 452 that this topic should now be put to rest...MACTRAXX
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS