Orlando Amtrak Train Hits Dump Truck

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Orange County officials said that the the tracks were closed all day yesterday after an Amtrak train collided with a dump truck around 11 a.m., just west of the intersection of South Orange and Nela avenues.

The collision killed the truck driver, ejecting him from the vehicle and caused the dump truck to catch on fire.

Troopers identified the driver as 44 year old Seeram Matadial of Orlando.

The train was traveling southbound when it hit the truck taring it in half.

FHP troopers said witnesses told them the truck didn’t stop before crossing the tracks and the train was traveling 60 miles per hour and the crossing, at Glenrose Road.

That intersection doesn’t have electronic signals or arm bars.

The train was carrying 140 passengers and 13 crew members, and Orange County Fire Rescue treated several people for minor injuries, and 10 people were taken by ambulance to three area hospitals, but hospital officials said that no one appear to have suffered serious injuries.

 

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