Yet another person was struck by a SunRail train in Orange County this month, and police are currently working on the case to uncover just what happened and why. Preliminary reports from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office suggest that it was around 5:30 on the evening of Thursday, August 30th, when the 14-year-old boy was walking home from a nearby area where he and a few of his friends had been playing basketball. The young people had been engaged in their game for an unspecified amount of time, but after they finished playing they went their separate ways, and the teenager in question found themselves walking along or crossing the SunRail lines at a certain point on his way.
Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the death of a man who was struck by a SunRail train in Orlando this past Wednesday, August 8th. Early reports on the incident include statements from officials working with the Florida Department of Transportation as well as members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
It was shortly before 11:00 in the morning on February 12th when an Orlando resident who was walking along either South Orange Avenue or 4th Street in Orlando attempted to cross the tracks for the CSX train that is located at the intersection of these two roads. As the man was crossing the tracks, a CSX train came through the intersection, hitting the man and critically injuring him. The Florida Highway Patrol, one of the investigating parties, has issued a statement on the incident that goes over the most verifiable details while concluding with the admission that the reasons behind the crash are still under investigation.
Just a few hours after the morning commute in Winter Park, two women were fatally injured in yet another train accident in Florida. This time, at approximately 11:45 a.m., the two unnamed victims were struck and killed by Amtrak Train #91, (known as the “Silver Star”), which was travelling southbound towards Orlando near Cypress & Palmetto Avenues.
Orlando police have issued a statement regarding the man who was struck and killed by a SunRail train a week ago, Thursday. According to their account, the man was the 84-year-old William Milligan. It is believed that Milligan, who suffered from dementia, was taking a walk when the incident occurred shortly after 7:00 in the evening. Walking near to his Orlando home, which is located close to Orange Avenue and Wilkinson Street, Milligan approached the tracks. His stroll near to the train is not unusual given that Milligan’s home is located very close to the rails.
Residents in Sanford are urging officials to quickly agree to erect a fence in order to prevent people from wandering too close to the SunRail tracks. This latest push by Sanford residents comes after the death of the 13-year-old Marcees Kilpatrick (the accident between the SunRail and this young man was covered on our blog). In that accident, the police were called after a SunRail driver reported colliding with a child between 12 and 13 years old. The area around the tracks was closed for some time, and the SunRail trains themselves ceased running through the area until the authorities had investigated fully.
An unnamed 13-year-old was walking near the SunRail tracks on Friday, during rush hour, when he walked in front of a train in Sanford. The train struck the young man and killed him. According to the initial police report, the crash occurred around 6:00 in the evening, close to West State Road 46, and resulted in a 45 minute delay to train service. 62 passengers were aboard the train that struck the teen, and they were required to stay aboard the train for several hours while the police conducted their initial investigation.
A poor parking decision resulted in a police cruiser being run over by a downtown Orlando CSX train on Friday Night. According to the Orlando Police Department, the cruiser was empty at the time of the incident, which happened close to 10:30 in the evening. The officer assigned to the cruiser apparently parked his vehicle close to where the tracks cross West Washington street and then exited the car so as to patrol the area on foot.
An Amtrak train was traveling through Intercession City in Osceola County on Wednesday when it suddenly struck a woman who was either crossing the tracks or simply standing on them. It is believed that the accident took place around 6:30 in the evening, only five or so miles away from Kissimmee. The information that is currently known about the situation indicates that only one individual was struck by the train, even though the initial statement recorded that the train had struck two people. An investigation is underway partially to determine which of these given statements is correct and whether or not officials should be searching for a second victim.
A collision between a train and a car in Ormond Beach on Saturday morning has members of the Ormond Beach Police Department and Florida East Coast Railroad Police looking into possible explanations. A statement has been released, although it provides little information beyond the barest skeleton of facts relating to the incident which lead to the death of one person and traffic being rerouted through the entire area during the early morning.