Bi­cy­clist in­jured af­ter be­ing struck by train

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Tess Sheets

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.

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