SunRail train and dump truck collide; 7 people injured

- Police have cited the driver of a dump truck for parking too close to the railroad after a collision with a SunRail train Thursday morning.  “The dump truck was right next to the tracks and our train sideswiped it,” said SunRail spokesman Steve Olson. Olson said the train was carrying about 150 passengers.  Seven people on board and the truck driver had minor injuries, according to officials at the scene.

Lt. Pam Marcum of the Winter Park Police Department said the driver of the dump truck had parked his vehicle momentarily so that he could talk to a construction crew about where to unload the dirt he was hauling. Marcum said that when the driver saw the train come around a bend in the tracks near the intersection of Orange Avenue and Fairbanks Avenue he got back in the truck and attempted to move it. 

“He saw the train coming, realized that the truck was probably too close to the tracks. He did start to move it but was not able to get it out of the path of the train,” Marcum said.

The train—which, according to Olson, extends about 4 feet outside of the tracks on either side, dragged the truck about 15 yards before stopping.  The train was delayed about two hours. Officials said it was an unfortunate reminder not park on—or near—train tracks.

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