In the unincorporated town of Sanford an investigation is currently underway regarding a collision between a SunRail train and a pedestrian. While the police try and piece together all the available information, there are a few facts that have been released in a report from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office via Sgt. Celines Rios. According the Sgt. Rios report, the accident took place somewhere around 8:30 in the evening, close to where the SunRail train station is located along the 800 block of Sunrail Drive and near to where Monroe Road and the tracks intersect.
The train in question was reportedly getting close to the last of its nightly stops when the incident occurred. 28 passengers were aboard the train as well as two crew members at this time, preparing to disembark and make their way to their homes or hotels. Before the train could enter the station, it struck a pedestrian standing along the tracks. Emergency response crews were quickly dispatched to the scene. The struck individual—who has not been named, although it is not clear whether or not they have been identified—was declared dead at the scene.
Passengers aboard the train were led off of the locomotive and onto a waiting Votran bus which drove them from the SunRail station in Sanford to the station in DeBary. The police and other authorities began their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the unnamed individual’s death.
Every year, scores of people are involved in accidents with trains. Often, these accidents take place when a car stalls on the tracks or gets stuck attempting to illegally maneuver around the crossing arms. Each year several pedestrians are killed or are severely injured by trains.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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