Man still in hospital after Friday train wreck

SEBASTIAN — An unidentified truck driver remained in the hospital over the weekend after a Friday night collision involving a train, officials said.

Authorities continue to investigate the crash involving the Ford F-150 colliding with a train moving through the area near Main Street, Indian River County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Kyle Kofke said. The incident happened about 10 p.m. Friday at Main Street and U.S. 1.

The driver was flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne with traumatic injuries, Kofke said. The man remained in serious condition Saturday.

An investigation into the man’s condition prior to the incident is ongoing.

The wreck shut down Main Street and County Road 512 for several hours. All roads were reopen by Saturday morning.

Kofke said the county usually has a few incidents each year involving trains striking vehicles. “It’s not that common,” Kofke said.

The last collision happened in June 2018. In that incident, a man drove through the downed crossing arms at the railroad tracks at Oslo Road, between U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway.

The train struck the man’s black car, according to fire rescue crews. The unidentified man was taken by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce with traumatic injuries.


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threewolves February 10, 2019

I’m confused with the article regarding the train/truck incident you reported on. I spoke with a railroad representative the morning after the accident, who was there the night of the accident, and what you reported is incorrect compared to what he told me.

The train did not hit the truck. The truck hit the train after crashing through the arms. The driver was very intoxicated. I was told the train was a half mile down the track, heading south when the truck T-boned the train. It’s sketchy at best about these so-called witnesses who claim he was hit by the train considering what I was told. Which now leaves two variables to the story. Either the witnesses are lying or the representative for the railroad is. Considering the gravity of this accident and who I spoke with, I’m inclined to believe the representative.

I also believe, in your best interest to be a credible news source, that you vet your information prior to publishing.

threewolves February 11, 2019

I saw today that the Sebastian paper reported the correct facts. I don’t know why you haven’t updated yours?

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