LIRR Tightens the Gap in Woodside

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Workers for the Long Island Rail Road will begin tightening the gaps between the trains and platforms at the Woodside station in Queens where, a Minnesota teenager slipped through the almost foot-wide gap and fell to her death this past August.

The gaps between LIRR trains and their platforms have been measured as wide as 15 inches and linked to almost 130 injuries. A spokesperson for the railroad said adjustments are in progress for an additional 10 stations with more to follow, the company plans to close the gaps to 7 or 8 inches.

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