Bicyclist struck, killed by SunRail train

- SunRail trains were suspended late Monday afternoon, between Lake Mary Blvd. and Sand Lake Rd., after a bicyclist was struck and killed by one of the commuter trains.  

Authorities said Stewart Lashley, 70, was attempting to cross the tracks after the railroad crossing gate was down and found himself in the direct path of the train. 

The incident involved a southbound train and happened near the intersection of Ronald Reagan Blvd. and Longwood Lake Mary Road in Longwood.  

"I was coming out of the house to go to the grocery store, and I saw the train coming to a slowing stop," explained Bill Scull, who lives down the street. "Came to a stop right here at the end of the street."

Bus bridges were implemented to move passengers between trains, officials said. 

This is the second time in a week that someone has been hit and killed by a SunRail train.  Investigators said an 84-year-old man suffering from dementia was struck while crossing the tracks in the path of a train. 

Twenty-three passengers, an engineer and a conductor were aboard the SunRail train at the time of the incident.  No one on the train was injured. 

 

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