It is predicted that this holiday season will be a very busy time for Florida roads. The American Automobile Association (AAA) says more than 4 million Floridians will travel on our roadways this holiday season, up 1.8 percent from 2010.
The latest Federal Railroad Administration crash data shows that crossing the railroad tracks in Florida is somewhat safer than it has been in the past.
Injuries and the number of vehicle-train crashes dipped during the first nine months of 2011 when compared to the same time period last year. Read the rest »
A man from Mandarin died October 9 when his pickup truck collided with an Amtrak train in South Carolina, according to the Florida-Times Union. The collision occurred when the man was on a hunting trip and he attempted to cross the railroad track at the crossing gate at U.S. 52 in Florence County around 5:40 a.m. The Amtrak train was bound for Miami and the collision occurred between Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Our sincere condolences are extended to the man’s family and friends. Read the rest »
A train killed three teenage girls on Melbourne Bridge in Florida. It happened on February 20th, Saturday night when the girls were walking over the Melbourne trestle and were struck by a southbound train on the Crane Creek railroad trestle around 6: 30 p.m. Initial reports said two juveniles were in the water, about 20 feet below the bridge, but ultimately the bodies of three young teens were found just off the tracks. A fourth juvenile male was interviewed at the scene to find out what happened.
Our condolences go out to the families of these young girls. Two were eight-graders at Southwest Middle School. The other was just 15-years-old. Read the rest »
It was just last month when we reported on the high school football hero from Clay County, Florida who was hit and killed by a CSX train while he was fishing off the trestle.
Now another area person has been hit and killed by a train.
It happened just before 11 a.m. Friday. The man or woman was driving just off of Phillips Highway. A witness says the person tried to drive around the railroad crossing arm that is intended to keep you out of harm’s way!
The driver was killed instantly. Read the rest »
The 17-year old Clay County high school football player who was struck and killed by a train last month was doing what many people in the Black Creek area regularly do- fish from the railroad bridge.
Wesley Whiddon Jr. was killed May 14, when he could not escape the CSX train that had just rounded a corner. His two friends jumped off the train trestle and suffered minor injuries.
Now his mother is suing for wrongful death and is blaming the railroad and its senior road foreman of engines. Read the rest »
Mourners from Orange Park said goodbye this week to a Clay County athlete killed in a train accident.
Wes Whiddon, 17, and two friends were fishing from a train trestle right next to SR- 220. A CSX train approach. All three of the teens tried to get out of the way but Whiddon could not.
He was killed immediately, his two friends were hurt.
A junior and on the Fleming Island High School Golden Eagles football team, hundreds of people turned out for his funeral Tuesday. Read the rest »