The driver of a dump truck is dead after his truck was split in two by an Amtrak train at the Glen Rose Avenue Crossing in Orange County. The railroad crossing, which has no flashing lights or guard arms, has been the sight of 4 fatalities in the past decade.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) stated that they are still investigating the cause of the crash. Unsubstantiated reports said that the driver may have been on his cell phone during the crash, which, if true, would be a violation of federal law. Another unconfirmed report had the truck driver running a stop sign.
The FHP also hasn’t determined if the train’s engineer had hit the train’s horn before the deadly train crossing accident. Federal law states that a train must sound its whistle 15 to 20 seconds before approaching an intersection.
One person who heard the crash told television station WKMG, “Never heard the train, until after the impact, he was laying on that horn.” FHP reports that the train whistle had been blown before the accident, but they couldn’t tell how soon before the crash occurred.
There were about 140 passengers and 13 staff members aboard the train. Seven people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which owns the tracks, said that the intersection is slated to get crossing arms in the spring as part of a $1.2 billion commuter train upgrade.
The family of the 44-year-old victim expressed concerns about the lack of any safety features at the intersection, “How is he going to know that a train is coming? There’s no crossing arm,” the man’s son told WKMG.
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