Pedestrian Critically Injured After Impact with CSX Train in Ocala
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.
We know that it was sometime after 4:30 when the pedestrian was walking close to or along the train tracks used by the CSX train line. It is not known if the conductor of the train noticed the pedestrian or if the individual managed to escape being seen, but it is clear that they were struck by the train before the train could stop or the pedestrian was able to step clear of the tracks. It is not exactly known why the pedestrian was so close to the tracks to begin with, although it is possible that this choice was intentional.
It is also possible that the pedestrian was wandering close to the tracks due to the influence of alcohol or some other substance. The reports from the Ocala Fire Rescue, members of whom were among the first responders to the scene, did not provide any further details regarding the possible reasons for the accident.
While we do not know for certain whether or not the conductor saw the pedestrian before the crash, it appears clear that they were aware when the pedestrian was struck. The train was stopped as quickly as possible and emergency crews called to the scene. When they arrived, they found the pedestrian trapped beneath the train sometime along the tracks. The pedestrian was alive at this time, but it took almost a half an hour for the emergency response crews to free them from beneath the locomotive.
At that point, the individual was rushed to a nearby hospital and treated for traumatic injuries. It is not known whether or not they managed to recover from the incident or if they remain in critical condition.