About 500 people are stranded on a westbound Long Island Rail Road train that struck an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks between Greenlawn and Huntington Thursday morning, prompting officials to temporarily suspend service between Port Jefferson and Huntington.

The crash occurred around 8:25 a.m., said LIRR spokesman Sal Arena. The driver of the vehicle escaped without any serious injuries, he said, and crews have been working on clearing debris from the area.

Officials ordered buses to the location, but Arena said the LIRR believes the train will be able to continue its trip “shortly.”

Metropolitan Transit Authority police and other emergency crews responded to the scene.

The train left Port Jefferson at 7:35 a.m. and was due in Penn Station at 9:25 a.m., Arena said.

The crash has only affected one other train, which was scheduled to leave Port Jefferson at 8:34 a.m.

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