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Railroad Crossings Safer in Florida Than in the Past

December 30, 2011

Railroad Crossings Safer in Florida Than in the Past

It is predicted that this holiday season will be a very busy time for Florida roads. The American Automobile Association (AAA) says more than 4 million Floridians will travel on our roadways this holiday season, up 1.8 percent from 2010. The latest Federal Railroad Administration crash data shows that crossing the railroad tracks in Florida…

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October 14, 2010

Jacksonville Man Dies in Deadly South Carolina Train Collision

A man from Mandarin died October 9 when his pickup truck collided with an Amtrak train in South Carolina, according to the Florida-Times Union. The collision occurred when the man was on a hunting trip and he attempted to cross the railroad track at the crossing gate at U.S. 52 in Florence County around 5:40…

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March 29, 2010

Train Kills Three Teenage Girls

A train killed three teenage girls on Melbourne Bridge in Florida. It happened on February 20th, Saturday night when the girls were walking over the Melbourne trestle and were struck by a southbound train on the Crane Creek railroad trestle around 6: 30 p.m. Initial reports said two juveniles were in the water, about 20…

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June 20, 2008

Another Train Collision Takes An Area Life

It was just last month when we reported on the high school football hero from Clay County, Florida who was hit and killed by a CSX train while he was fishing off the trestle. Now another area person has been hit and killed by a train. It happened just before 11 a.m. Friday.  The man…

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June 13, 2008

Lawsuit Filed in Clay County Teen Train Trestle Death

The 17-year old Clay County high school football player who was struck and killed by a train last month was doing what many people in the Black Creek area regularly do- fish from the railroad bridge. Wesley Whiddon Jr. was killed May 14, when he could not escape the CSX train that had just rounded…

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May 24, 2008

Railroad Tracks and People Do Not Mix

Mourners from Orange Park said goodbye this week to a Clay County athlete killed in a train accident. Wes Whiddon, 17, and two friends were fishing from a train trestle right next to SR- 220. A CSX train approach.  All three of the teens tried to get out of the way but Whiddon could not….

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