Landscaping trailer struck by SunRail train in Longwood



LONGWOOD, Fla. - A landscaping trailer was struck by a SunRail train around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Longwood, police said.

The accident at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and State Road 434 comes just after SunRail’s first week of service.

Officers said the truck and trailer illegally stopped on the tracks when the railroad crossing arms were activated to the down position.

Officials said the conductor of the train pulled the emergency brake, which worked as it was supposed to, but the train couldn't stop in time and struck the trailer.

Police said the driver may have been trying to beat the train during busy rush hour.

“Everything with SunRail was done appropriately,” said Kevin Tuck with the Longwood Police Department

Longwood police and the fire departments responded to the scene, and they had it cleared in less than two hours.

Passengers were successfully transferred to a second train, and a staging area was set up where riders could be picked up.

Some of those riders told Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell they didn’t feel a thing and barely realized what happened.

“It wasn’t a screeching halt or anything,” said Eric Burkhardt.

The damage to the train was minor.

“I didn’t even feel the bump at all,” said passenger Sergio Ortolaza.

No one was injured, but the accident caused traffic to back up due to a fuel spill.