Bicyclist injured after being struck by train
Winter Park police have shut down a portion of Fairbanks Avenue after they said a bicyclist was struck by a train Friday afternoon.
Police said the bicyclist, a man in his 60s, was taken to a hospital. His injuries were not immediately known.
The crash was reported about 3:40 p.m. at the Sunrail tracks at Fairbanks Avenue, according to police. Tracks in both directions were reopened shortly after 6:30 p.m.
An unscheduled special train left DeBary at 6 p.m. to pick up passengers stranded on the southbound train at the Winter Park station, according to Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson. On Friday evening, he said SunRail was working to get back on schedule.
No one on board the train was injured, Olson said. The 77 passengers and two crew members were headed southbound at the time of the crash. All passengers on the train involved in the accident will be dropped off at the Florida Hospital station. Another train will pick them and transport them southbound.
The remainder of the train’s route has been canceled, along with a northbound trip scheduled for 4:45 p.m., Olson said.
“Efforts are underway to move the train involved out of the intersection,” Olson said in an email. “Efforts are also underway to use bus transport around the incident scene between the Winter Park station and the Florida Hospital station.”
Fairbanks Avenue is closed between New York Avenue and Pennslyvania Avenue, “and probably will be for several hours at least,” police spokeswoman Cpt. Pam Marcum said.