This week’s news that a 92-year-old man fell into the gap while exiting a train at the Great Neck Long Island Rail Road Station is a reminder of the dangers those wide gaps between the train and platforms pose to riders.
A scathing Newsday investigation back in 2006–spurred by the death of 18-year-old Natalie Smead at the Woodside Long Island Rail Road station–found that about 38 percent of station platforms had dangerous gaps and that LIRR, its parent agency and state and federal oversight officials had done little to address a problem that had injured hundreds of riders.
As a result of Newsday’s report, the LIRR began a “gap remediation” project that is expected to be finished in 2012 and will leave a maximum of 5 inches between the train and the station platform.
Here are some ways to ensure you and your family are safe when boarding or exiting a train:
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