The beginning of the workweek was off to a bumpy start early Monday morning in Orlando when 9-1-1 dispatchers first started to receive calls regarding a SunRail commuter train accident that occurred at Lancaster Road close to South Orange Avenue. According to preliminary collision documents from the Florida Highway Patrol, a motorist was attempting to maneuver a turn with their vehicle when the driver accidentally drove onto the railway and became stuck on the tracks in front of an oncoming train.
A pedestrian walking through the Marion County City of Ocala was badly injured on Monday, April 27th, after they were struck by a CSX train traveling through the area. At the time of this writing, much about the incident remains unknown, but it is hoped that as the investigation continues that the authorities will continue to supply us with updates as to what they believe was the cause of the incident.
Police in Kissimmee are working on an investigation into a crash that took place between a train and a car on the morning of Monday, February 17th. According to reports from this law enforcement agency, the incident took place sometime before 9:00 in the morning, after a car stopped while straddling the train tracks used by both the SunRail transit service and trains hauling freight.
During the morning of Monday, February 10th, a man was on foot in Oak Hill and walking close to train tracks that cut through the city. The reports that have surfaced around the incident at the time of this writing remain somewhat vague as the events that occurred are still under investigation. What we do know comes from statements that deputies working with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office made to News 6 and other reporting agencies.
Police within Kissimmee are currently investigating a death that occurred on Monday, October 28th, that left a single individual dead. Initial reports from the authorities within Kissimmee indicated that the train accident took place shortly before 6:30 in the morning, when a SunRail train was in the process of leaving the station. As the train approached Dakin Avenue, a 25-year-old individual made their way around the crossing lights and signals and onto the tracks. It is not clear if the driver of the train saw this person as the train approached or if the 25-year-old’s presence on the rails was not known until the train struck them.
Officials within the Florida Department of Transportation are currently investigating a train accident that took place within Orlando on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 18th. Reports that have currently been issued on the subject state that the incident took place just after noon and involved a single vehicle and a SunRail train.
It was shortly after 9:00 on the night of Friday, August 2nd, that an individual was driving a 2019 Ford along Orange Avenue, close to the intersection of this road with Oak Ridge Road. This area, as many readers may be aware, is also close to to a SunRail line, and at a certain point the tracks even cross over the street. Because of this, there are the requisite crossing signs and signals which greatly aid in the prevention of incidents between the trains and pedestrians and/or cars, but at times there are incidents that render these signs and signals obsolete or useless.
A video recently released by the Orlando Police Department shows the dramatic moment when a SunRail train t-boned an SUV that someone was attempting to drive across the tracks on Wednesday, April 10th. The OPD stated that the incident happened close to 4:30 in the afternoon, during the beginning of rush hour traffic in the area. The exact location of the incident was believed to have been at the intersection of Interstate 4 and Colonial Drive.
An incident that took place in Orlando on Thursday, January 3rd, resulted in the hospitalization of one individual after their car was struck by a train traveling along a track owned and operated by the Florida Central Railroad. Reports from numerous agencies involved with the incident have emerged in the days following the crash, but a certain amount of confusion remains and the investigations into the incident are ongoing.
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.