Train Bound for Georgia Involved in Fatality Accident with Minivan in Frostproof, Florida
FROSTPROOF, FL. – June 15, 2018 (miamiherald.com) A train bound for Georgia from Miami, Florida, was involved in an accident June 15 that tragically killed two women in a minivan, according to an online news report from miamiherald.com.*
The accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. June 15 near Frostproof, Florida. Emily Moncrief, 23, of Avon Park, Florida, was driving a 2012 Dodge Caravan eastbound on U.S. Highway 98 and failed to stop at railroad crossing. The crossing had a functional warning actuator at the time, according to the Polk County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office. Moncrief drove through the railroad arm and slammed into the 27th car of a CSX train. Moncrief and her passenger, 23-year-old Lyndsay Serey, of Sebring, Florida, were killed in the collision.
Two empty cars on the train derailed because of the impact, but no crew member on the train was injured. No passengers were on the train, which was bound for Waycross, Georgia, from Miami, Florida. Local authorities believe driver impairment might have been a factor in the accident. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of the collision and in the process of tracking down any potential witnesses. Authorities have not released additional information at this time.
Traffic reportedly had to be rerouted along U.S. 98 for eight hours after the collision. CSX released a statement after the collision, saying: “Safety is our top priority as we work to restore the site and resume operations. CSX appreciates the swift response by Polk County emergency personnel and extends its thoughts to those impacted by this tragic event.”
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