One person is dead after an Amtrak train struck a vehicle in Auburndale Monday evening.
A 44-year-old man died in the accident that occurred on Stadium Road near Bennett Street.
According to witnesses, the arms were down and the lights were flashing at the tracks. Cars were apparently stopped on both sides and the driver of the car allegedly went around other traffic and crossed the railroad tracks.
The investigation into this accident is ongoing.
A train wreck is usually a catastrophic event that often results in multiple injuries and a high number of fatalities. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration reports that there are close to 14,000 train wrecks annually. Of these train accidents, around 850 people die every year and another 9,500 people are injured. Unfortunately, train wrecks, railroad crossing accidents, and deaths and injuries as a result of collisions between trains and cars occur quite frequently.
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