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Crime & Cases September 5, 2013  RSS feed

LIRR Train Kills Dog Near Elmhurst/ Woodside Border

Owner Summonsed For Trespassing
by Max Jaeger

Pets and trains proved a deadly mix this past weekend, as a dog was struck and killed by a Long Island Rail Road train near the Elmhurst/Woodside border last Friday, Aug. 30.

The pet’s owner sustained an injury to his hand while trying to rescue the dog from a westbound train near the Woodside station at about 10:11 a.m. Saturday.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center and treated for his injuries it was reported.

It started when Karma Gurung went into his backyard to check on his dog, Duchess.

He reportedly realized the yard’s gate was open, saw his dog on the tracks and ran to rescue the animal at the approach of a train.

According to a report from The New York Times, Gurung was within reach of the dog when the train struck his pet.

Gurung received a summons for trespassing, according to MTA officials, who said the authority is seeking justice for delays caused to customers.

Three trains were delayed for 45 minutes and two were cancelled altogether, a spokesperson said. Trains were back on or close to schedule by 11:45 a.m., he noted.