FHP Concludes Central Florida Train Derailment Investigation

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Associated Press Release
February 26, 2014

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Highway Patrol says a lack of communication contributed to the death of a conductor when a train derailed last year in central Florida.

Christopher Daniel Putfark of Deltona died in the Oct. 24 derailment. He was working as a spotter when one of several train cars carrying gravel tipped. He became trapped under one of the cars and crushed rock.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that FHP investigators found that a lack of written documentation among three railroad companies about equipment on track contributed to Putfark's death. Investigators also found that visibility of lights and signals at the track was lacking.

Associated Press Release
October 24, 2013

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Department of Transportation says a train employee was killed after a train derailment near Sanford.

Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson says the employee was working as a spotter Thursday on one of the cars as a locomotive pushed 10 cars backward into a rail yard.

Four of the cars carrying gravel tipped and the worker became partially trapped underneath one of the cars and the crushed rock.

Train traffic wasn't affected because the accident didn't happen on a main rail line but in an area where construction is ongoing.

The gravel was to be used for construction of a SunRail commuter rail station.

Olson says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Associated Press Release

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- One person has died after a train derailment in Sanford.

Officials told WESH (http://bit.ly/1hcb3Pa ) the incident happened Thursday morning. Crews arrived at the Sunrail station on State Road 46 near Sanford around 6:40 a.m.

Investigators say the rail cars were being relocated at the time of the accident. It was unclear how the person died.

No further details were immediately available.

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