Safety changes coming to site of fatal train, truck collision

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The crash Diana Kurzone saw Thursday afternoon is something she never wants to see again.

"When the train hit the truck it went up in the air and back down and glass was flying everywhere," said Kurzon.

But she's worried when SunRail starts coming through there in 2014 more crashes are possible.


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"They desperately need to correct the problem. Hopefully they can do something now that this happened," said Kurzon.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said  three fatal crashes have occurred in the area within the last 10 years.

One of them happened at the same crossing where Thursday's accident occurred.

The crossing doesn't have warning lights or bars that come down when a train is approaching. There are signs that warn that it is a railroad crossing.

The Florida Department of Transportation bought the land where the accident happened for the SunRail commuter train a year ago.

It's one of 91 crossings along the corridor that FDOT said need improvement before the SunRail train starts running.

The crossing at Orange and Glen Rose avenues is due for improvements next spring.

"In other words, we are going to have full bars that come down, or arms and lights here," said FDOT spokesman Steve Olson, referring to the crossing where Thursday's accident happened.