According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, one person is dead after being struck by a train Tuesday.
The driver of an Amtrak travelling northbound saw the person lying on the tracks, blew the whistle and tried to stop but could not avoid the collision, according to an Osceola County Sheriff’s spokeswoman.
The victim is believed to have been a man — possibly a transit, according to police. He was struck around 7:15 p.m.
No foul play is suspected at this time, but an investigation is currently underway. It is unknown whether or not he lay on the tracks intentionally.
The crash happened at Tallahassee Boulevard in rural Intercession City, west of Kissimmee.
Nearly 100 passengers were delayed for almost three hours while police investigated the scene of the accident.
No one on the train was harmed.
Railroad accidents can be terrible tragedies that leave victims severely injured. Due to the sheer size of trains and their lack of ability to maneuver around unexpected circumstances, railroad accidents can be deadly. Losing a loved one in a train accident can be a horrific nightmare and as a surviving family member you may be unsure of what steps you should take next.
There are nearly 3,000 train accidents that take place across the United States every year that result in about 1,000 deaths. Due to the massive size of locomotives and their weight, even minor accidents can deliver catastrophic injuries. Filing a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death suit can be quite complicated as these cases usually involve multiple parties and are subject to different laws and statutes of limitations than other types of injury lawsuits.