Sound Off: Death on the Tracks, What Can Be Done?

Three people have been struck and killed by trains in Sayville/Bayport in less than two years; is the LIRR doing enough to prevent such tragedies?

Aug. 6, 2010. Aug. 21, 2011. March 16, 2012.

Three dates. Three different lives ended by the vicious power of an oncoming train.

The of 24-year-old Matthew Omans, of Bayport, last Friday at the Bayport Avenue crossing is just the latest of a string of deaths on Long Island Rail Road tracks in the Sayville/Bayport area.

Maryanne Cannon, 47, of Oakdale, on Aug. 6, 2010 on the tracks between Rollstone Avenue and Cherry Avenue in West Sayville. Stephen Caracost, 22, of Sayville, was on Aug. 21, 2011 after being hit by a train near McConnell Avenue in Bayport.

Both of the incidents were investigated as suicides. Officials have not given a theory as to why Omans was on the tracks last week, although that investigation is ongoing. 

So the question becomes: What can be done to increase safety near the train tracks in the area? Does the LIRR have a responsible to do more to prevent future tragedies?

Patch is awaiting word from the LIRR as to any new safety measures that may be in the works, but in the meantime, vote in our poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments section.


Candide08 March 13, 2012 at 08:23 PM
The trains run too slow as it is.
Candide08 March 13, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I agree - partly. In Bayport the fences block the view of the tracks and, once the vegetation covers them will help to block some of the noise. As to keeping people off the tracks - does nothing for that.
Amy March 15, 2012 at 02:46 AM
We have to be able to address the issues of depression and suicide at an early age. During my time at Bayport-Blue Point High School, two peers ended their lives this way. Depression needs to be a candid topic, especially in health class. I think the small local districts should begin holding bi-annual seminars during school about depression and other mental illness; including but not limited to signs of depression, coping mechanisms, resources for help, etc. Unfortunately extending a fence is not going to prevent these types of incidences from happening. Something must change soon.
j March 16, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I think we need evaluate this..... I know this happens everywhere BUT, Why such a large concentration of deaths in Bayport?? Mc Connell Ave has had ( 2), Bayport Ave (1), Gilette (1) Snedecor (1). 2004/2005 (3 kids alone died). These kids need support, not to take their lives before they have had a chance to live them!! <3 God bless the families <3
Suzanne March 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I don't think they should allow ornate memorials or shrines at the place on the tracks there they chose to end their life. In a sad way it may be glorifying isuicide in the eyes of despondent souls who are contemplating the same thing. A cross or something planted in memory of a loved one may be more appropriate.


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