A man was fatally struck by a westbound Long Island Rail Road train in Deer Park, forcing a since-lifted service suspension on the Main Line that snarled the Friday morning rush hour commute.

The victim was hit at a crossing shortly before 6 a.m. east of the Deer Park station by the 5:29 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma due in Penn Station at 6:38 a.m., according to the LIRR.

Service was suspended in both directions between Ronkonkoma and Deer Park for several hours.

It was mostly restored by the end of rush hour, but some trains were cancelled and there are scattered delays. Buses replaced trains commuters were urged to take trains on other lines.

MTA police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the incident.


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