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.
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