2007_10_watchthegap.jpgYestedary morning, a woman fell into the gap between the platform edge and train at the Syosset LIRR train station. The 60-year-old woman slipped and suffered abrasions on her legs when she was boarding a Penn Station-bound train. The gap was measured to be between 10 and 12 inches.

The station has a curved track, with some gaps as wide as 15 inches there. The LIRR says a consultant recommended solutions like "platform extensions or changing track geometry," according to Newsday. Still, LIRR Commuter Council president Gerard Bringmann told Newsday, "I would avoid Syosset station unless I really had to take it."

Platform gap safety has been a major issue ever since a teenager died after slipping through the gap at the Woodside station and being hit by an oncoming train in 2006. The LIRR has tried to increase its platform gap awareness as well as fixing some of the huge gaps, to varying degrees of success.

Earlier this year, Newsday created map showing many of the gaps and complaints along the LIRR.

Photograph by Triborough on Flickr