A train accident in northwest Jacksonville left one person injured and the road closed

A train accident in northwest Jacksonville left one person injured and the road closed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man in his mid-30s was transported to a local hospital in serious condition Wednesday morning after an Amtrak train and his car were involved in a crash northwest of Jacksonville, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

JSO Sergeant Hungerford says the accident happened around 7 a.m. in the 7200 block of Dunn Street when the man and the driver of a 4-door Kia were walking around the crossed arms that were underneath the railroad track. Police say the train was southbound on the CXS tracks, while the Kia was eastbound.

Next, Hungerford said First Coast News The Kia was dragged about a quarter-mile down the tracks, where the train sat on the tracks, closing Civic Club Drive on both sides at Moncrief-Dinsmore Road for hours. He says Civic Club Drive will reopen shortly after the Kia is moved from the tracks; The train will resume its work on time after its delay.

Credit: Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue says one person was taken to the hospital after the accident Wednesday morning in the Dinsmore area.

Credit: Diane Harmon

A man in his mid-30s was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after his Kia collided with a train on Wednesday, Jacksonville police said.

Credit: Renata Di Gregorio

Jacksonville police closed Civic Club Drive on both sides at Moncrief-Dinsmore Road Wednesday morning after a train accident.

The sheriff’s office says the train was traveling at 78 mph on the tracks and was carrying 10 train cars with about 200 passengers on board.

The train was delayed for more than four hours while the car was removed from the track, eventually arriving at the Jacksonville train station.

“We kept moving and moving, and then all of a sudden we just stopped. I heard a pop, and then it was over,” passenger Jimmy Eshes said.

Everyone and their family are looking for a winter getaway from the cold at home in Maryland, so they take the train from D.C. to Orlando.

When it stopped suddenly around 7 a.m., he thought they were about to arrive at the Jacksonville station on time.

“People were getting ready to get off the train,” Eshes said. “It was like, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.’ Then another man on the train looked up and said, ‘We’re in no condition to get on the train.'” We hit something. ”

The train was only five miles north of the Jacksonville station at the time.

“I would caution people driving around the tracks,” Hungerford said. “It’s going to be difficult to estimate how quickly the train closes to oncoming vehicles. At 78 miles per hour, it’s going to be moving, and it’s going to take about an eighth of a mile for this train to stop.”

A few machines were brought in to move the car off the tracks, delaying the train for four hours.

“It’s a miracle the guy lived,” passenger Selektah Brooks said. “I saw that car, it looked like you could fold it up and put it in your pocket.”

One neighbor says he’s aware of long waits on the tracks.

“We are constantly surrounded by trains, so we struggle to get a crossing to get to the top of the trains,” Sam Farley said.

Farley says three or four of the crossings will be closed for more than an hour at a time on some days.

After seeing what the car looked like, one passenger told me she would never consider speeding through a crossing lever again.

“Makes me wish I’d never crossed the train crossing, that’s for sure,” said passenger Linda Martin. “When they took the car away, it didn’t look like anyone could survive that.”

The driver of a Kia will be issued a non-criminal traffic ticket for going around an intersection on the track, according to the JSO.

Amtrak says the train was able to continue on to Miami after stopping briefly in Jacksonville.

Amtrak issued the following statement to First Coast News Wednesday, hours after the accident:

“Today, December 20, Amtrak Train No. 91 was traveling from New York to Miami, when an occupied vehicle blocking the track collided with the train. No injuries were reported among the 181 passengers or crew. Amtrak is working with Train No. 91.” Local law enforcement authorities are investigating the incident.”

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