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Taxi crashes onto railroad

SYOSSET (AP) -- Officials said a taxi crashed through a fence at a Long Island Rail Road station, rolled onto the live third rail and caught on fire. Train traffic was stopped for a couple of hours.

The taxi driver and a passenger in the car suffered minor injuries.

LIRR officials said the vehicle crashed through a fence at the Syosset station at about noon Sunday and drove onto the tracks. The flames were quickly extinguished.

Service between Hicksville and Huntington was restored after the taxi was removed.

Officials did not immediately know what caused the vehicle to crash through the fence.

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Violence results in four men's deaths

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police said a spate of unrelated violent incidents has left four men dead.

Police responding to a call just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday on West 181st Street found an 18-year-old male stabbed multiple times. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Another 23-year-old man was fatally shot in Manhattan, around Lexington Avenue and 122nd Street, at 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Police in Brooklyn found a 31-year-man with a gunshot wound to the torso around 1:30 a.m. at 2228 Fulton Ave. He died at a hospital about two hours later.

Authorities said a 33-year-old man was shot multiple times at 785 Cortland Ave. in the Bronx just before 4 a.m.

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Woman killed by train in subway station

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a woman trying to get to the other platform of a subway station was killed when she was hit by an oncoming train while she was on the tracks.

Shatonia Spencer was in the Prospect Park station in Brooklyn around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said she wanted to get to the other platform and jumped down to the tracks to cross over.

Police said the 23-year-old was hit by an oncoming Q train as she was trying to climb up the platform ledge.

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