Pedestrian hit and killed by Amtrak train in Florida

Publish Date: 
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 5:15pm

David Williams, First Coast News 5:35 p.m

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- An unidentified man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train Monday morning, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Amtrak spokesperson, Steve Kulm, said Amtrak 97 Silver Meteor train left New York Sunday heading to Miami. Just before 11 a.m., the train struck the man in the 4400 block of Cedar Road.

Sergeant Glenn Zier, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, said the man was walking northbound on the tracks when he was hit by the passenger train that was headed southbound.

The train was carrying 249 passengers including a crew of 12. No one aboard the train was injured.

According to Sgt. Zier, there is a sign above the tracks that says no trespassing. Zier said you can't always hear the train coming because of the way the tracks are built.

At this time, officials are not able to confirm how fast the train was going.

Authorities stopped the train to complete the investigation. Power remained aboard the train to keep passengers comfortable.