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Commack Mother of Three Killed in LIRR Crash

Blanca Maldonado, 52, along with her father, were the two people killed in Tuesday's fiery collision.

Blanca Maldonado, a mother of three from Commack, is confirmed to be one of the two people killed Tuesday when her vehicle collided with an oncoming Long Island Rail Road train in Brentwood, according to a report by the Daily News.

Maldonado, 52, died in the crash along with her 73-year-old father, Jose Adolfo Reyes, who was a passenger in his daughter's 2010 Nissan Maxima when she attempted to drive around a railroad crossing gate. According to the report, Maldonado's vehicle was in the direct path of the eastbound train when the two collided, causing a burst of heavy flames.

According to the report, Maldonado was rushing her father to a doctor's appointment when the train hit.

Both father and daughter died upon impact and were severely burned beyond recognition. No one on the train, which was carrying three Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees, but no passengers, was harmed in the crash.

The crash, just after 10 a.m., led to the temporary suspension of all service on the Ronkonkoma branch between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale. Service returned to a regular schedule Wednesday.

pbug56 January 26, 2013 at 07:29 AM
You must be smoking some real teawhacker nonsense to believe that. The main effect of Obama care is to make sure that a high percentage of the population has insurance coverage. Yes, eventually (not this year) will make for some longer waits at some doctors offices. But most of the 'horrific' things that have been said about it are pure nonsense. BTW, many practices have had rules about patients being late for many years. But typically doctors run far later then their patients. A newspaper eventually reported that they were not going to see a doctor, but rather to a consultation with someone regarding him switching from employer insurance to Medicare. Not something worth dieing for.
Robert Engel January 26, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I agree, Let this family grieve! This tragedy will be investigate by all agencies.Their should be live footage of this accident at crossing.So why doesn't everyone wait for a full investigation and let this family bury their love ones.
Jillian anthony January 28, 2013 at 07:10 AM
May they RIP....may god be with her family
Katelyn January 31, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I know this family and her husband is one of the most wonderful people i have met in my life. please stop judging the accident or their actions, and let this woman rest peacefully. this is a true tragedy and for people to say such disgusting words is sad.
SisterSue February 01, 2013 at 03:40 AM
The negative comments in articles like this are just unconscionable. Let this family grieve this horrible loss without laying blame or name calling. I am shocked at some of these horrific and insensitive comments. May she and her dad rest in peace and may this family feel our deepest sympathy for their horrible loss.

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