Woman struck, killed by Amtrak train in Altamonte Springs
Posted:Nov 11 2015 09:21PM EST
Updated:Nov 11 2015 10:54PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) -
A woman has died after being struck by a northbound Amtrak train. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. at the SunRail station, located at 2741 S Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Altamonte Springs. As a result, SunRail service has been suspended due to police activity. Traffic has also been shut down in both directions along State Road 436 while authorities continue to investigate.
Authorities said a woman was walking along the tracks just north of SR 436 but south of the SunRail station, when she was spotted by the locomotive engineer. They said a horn was blown several times to warn the woman of the approaching train and every attempt was made to stop. The identity of the deceased was not immediately released to the public.
It was not known when service to Amtrak Train 92, also known as the Silver Star, would be restored. The train travels daily between New York City and Miami. SunRail officials had set up a bus bridge between the Maitland Station and the Longwood Station to accommodate passengers. ""About 30 passengers total made the bus bridge transfer from both north and south trains. SunRail is awaiting clearance to bring the train south of the incident back north," said Steve Olson, spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation.
This is the second occurrence in a week in which a person has been struck and killed by an Amtrak train the Orlando area. On Friday, a man died after being hit by a southbound Amtrak train in Downtown Orlando, resulting in the closure of State Road 50 for several hours.