ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A teenager was struck by a SunRail train Thursday afternoon in the Southchase neighborhood, Orange County Fire Rescue said.
Firefighters said they were called shortly after 5:30 p.m. to Long Stem Court near South Orange Avenue and Town Center Boulevard after the teenager was struck.
Officials said the victim was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center under a trauma alert status, but they didn't specify his condition.
David Pabon, who said he is a friend of the victim, told Channel 9 that he and the victim had been playing basketball with others before the crash.
"We were just playing ball in Greenpointe, and we were going to leave, so I'm guessing he was just going to go home," he said. "We took our different ways, because we all have different ways of going home."
Pabon said people sometimes cross the tracks as a shortcut.
He said the victim, who is a Cypress Creek High School student, was badly injured and had trouble breathing.
"The train -- it's just too loud," Pabon said. "How do you not hear that?"
The Florida Department of Transportation said two SunRail trains were canceled and three other trains were delayed.
An FDOT spokesman said delays were expected through Thursday evening.
No other details were given.
We’re on the scene where a teenager was hit by a SunRail train in south Orange County. We spoke with the victim’s friend about what they were doing just before it happened. Live coverage on #TV27at10 & #WFTVat11 @WFTV pic.twitter.com/AyGmt5S0eF— Ken Tyndall (@KenTyndallWFTV) August 31, 2018
#trafficalert AirCare helicopter landing zone near Orange Av/Town Center Blvd. for teen trauma alert. Will transport to ORMC. Call rec'd 5:31 p.m. Preliminary/initial reference person struck by train on @RideSunRail tracks near 13000 blk Long Stem Ct. #media— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) August 30, 2018
Train P333 is delayed by 15 minutes and is on the move. Trains P329 and P334 are cancelled. Train P331 is delayed by 60 mins and P332 by 65 mins due to police assistance near the tracks. We will continue to provide updates.— SunRail (@RideSunRail) August 30, 2018
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