Although the crash is currently under investigation, officials were able to shed more clarity on the crash, which occurred just after 9 p.m. in New Hyde Park. Cuomo said the passenger train and a work train were running in the same direction when they sideswiped each other, causing three of the passenger train's cars to careen off the tracks. The passenger train "was where it was supposed to be," officials said, adding that the work train appeared to have intruded on the other train's path.
The dramatic crash came as the pair of officers were racing to a raging fire on North Suffolk Avenue just after 9 a.m., police said. “There’s never any routine police call—every call is serious," a police spokesman said. “We always try to use good judgment."
The victim, Stephanie Francois, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet westbound at 12:35 a.m. near exit 25N when the crash occurred, police said.
Cody Talanian, 17, of Farmingdale, was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. Sunday at Nassau University Medical Center, according to police.