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Report: Husband Shocked of Wife's Driving Through LIRR Gates

Commack resident Blanca Maldonado, and her father, were both killed when her car collided with an oncoming train.

The husband of a Commack resident who was killed when her car collided with a Long Island Rail Road train, said in an interview with Newsday that it is hard to imagine that his wife drove through the lowered crossing gates, which resulted in the fiery crash that killed her and her father.

"They told me something that is very difficult to believe," Luis Maldonado, 57, told the newspaper of the alleged actions of his wife, Blanca, 45.

He went on to describe his wife as a cautious and alert driver, with 17 years of experience on the road.

According to the report, Maldonado said that he had spoken with his wife minutes before the crash, while she was parked outside of a Brentwood pharmacy as she waited for her father, Jose Adolfo Reyes, 73, who was having his prescription refilled.

He told Newsday that his wife was on her way to an appointment with her father to see an adviser about switching his medical coverage following his recent retirement.

Blanca was a mother of three. Both she and her father died upon impact and were severely burned beyond recognition, officials said.

No one on the train, which was carrying three Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees, but no passengers, was harmed in the crash.

The crash, which occurred just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, led to the temporary suspension of all service on the Ronkonkoma branch between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale. Service returned to a regular schedule Wednesday.

BP January 26, 2013 at 04:00 AM
These gates are junk and the cover ups go up into the Federal Railroad-bought Association and NTSB level. The massive overcharges cover ups go up into the DOJ.. The railroad runs out and tells the clueless cops what the RR wants them to hear. Witnesses? No problem the railroad will buy a couple. http://www.insiderexclusive.com/show-content/305-death-on-the-tracks-bnsf-railroads-24-million-dollar-cover-up-part-i.html
Candide08 January 26, 2013 at 02:13 PM
If each of the gates itself was three feet longer people could not drive around them. This solution is much less expensive than quad gates.
John Gruber January 26, 2013 at 04:38 PM
or people could use common sense and think, "hey, a train is coming, I should probably wait for it". And if that doesn't work Social Darwinism usually does...
John Gruber January 26, 2013 at 04:39 PM
yea it's the train's fault, not the person who crossed when told not to...
BP January 26, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Whole street covering gates don't work on a two way street on these 1800s designed gates because vehicles just entering from the other side just when the signals start don't have time to get across. Safety cones could be screwed to the street as a deterrant for nothing. The odds are the junk gates failed as usual. A person going around gates wouldn't be looking for the nearest Baskin Robbins and it takes only less than a second to clear the 12 foot wide kill zone of the train.

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