• 1 seriously injured after SunRail train strikes SUV near downtown Orlando

    By: Jason Kelly


    ORLANDO, Fla. - One person was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a SunRail train struck an SUV near downtown Orlando, the Orlando Police Department said.

    Police said the crash was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m. at West Colonial Drive near North Garland Avenue.

    Witnesses told Channel 9 that a nurse aboard the train and a passerby came to the aid of a woman in the SUV. They said she was unconscious when she was first pulled from the SUV.


    Police said the driver was taken to Orland Regional Medical Center in serious condition. 

    The Orlando Police Department tweeted out a video as the crash unfolded.

    Gloria Ferrand frantically recalled the events to Channel 9.

    "What are they doing!? Why won't they move?"

    Ferrand said that one of the vehicles stuck on the tracks were able to get free, but the SUV wasn't as lucky.

    "She was sitting on the track when he hit hard," said Ferrand. 

    Mike Heg described the momemts as a nurse was able to render aid to the victim.

    "The nurse came out of nowhere," said Heg. "She was like an angel."

    Heg said the woman suffered a gash on her forehead as a result of the crash.

    The Florida Department of Transportation said 82 passengers were aboard the southbound train at the time of the crash.

    The agency said the following trains have been delayed: P326 by 60 minutes, P328 by 30 minutes, P330 by 15 minutes, P327 by 60 minutes, P329 by 40 minutes and P331 by 30 minutes.

    The crash remains under investigation.

    No other details were given.

    The incident marks the third crash in Orlando involving a train in the past four months.

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