FL: Car Stuck on Tracks Delays, Cancels Some SunRail Trips

Some SunRail trips were delayed or canceled Wednesday morning because a vehicle stalled on the railroad tracks in downtown Orlando, officials said.

Officers responded to the scene on Washington Street near Gertrude Avenue around 7 a.m. A tow truck later removed the vehicle, Orlando Police spokeswoman Lovetta Quinn-Henry said.

SunRail spokesman Steve Olson said service was delayed up to an hour and three trains were canceled while the tow truck removed a car that had been driven onto the tracks and then abandoned.

Olson said repair work on the tracks in the Winter Park area also contributed to the cancellation of the 7:30 a.m. southbound train from DeBary; the 7:45 a.m. northbound train from Sand Lake Road; and the 8:45 a.m. northbound train out of Sand Lake Road.

Olson said the repairs on the Winter Park track, which was discovered during routine maintenance, were finished by 3 p.m.

Police did not release any additional information about the vehicle or driver.

The canceled trips will be reassigned new time slots, Olson said.

This isn't the first time a SunRail experienced delays because of vehicles since the debut of Central Florida's first commuter-rail system on May 1.

A video released in July shows the seconds before a SunRail train plowed into the back of a sports-utility vehicle that stopped too close to the train tracks in downtown Orlando in June.

The video, from the operator's point-of-view, shows the Chevrolet Suburban stopped behind a car near the Michigan Street and South Division Avenue intersection about 4:15 p.m. June 27.

The back end of the SUV hadn't completely cleared the tracks before it stopped because of traffic.

It marked the third SunRail crash involving a train and vehicle. No one has been seriously hurt.

Officials say there at least 34 train trips per day during weekdays in Central Florida and motorists should remain on the safe side of the tracks, waiting for congestion to clear instead of trying to move over the tracks.


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