Pedestrian hit and killed by Amtrak train

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- An unidentified man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train Monday morning, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Al Karolewicz lives very close to the tracks and can't wrap his mind around what happened Monday morning.

"Yes, it is shocking," he said. "You don't want anybody to be killed by a train."

Amtrak spokesperson, Steve Kulm, said Amtrak 97 Silver Meteor train left New York Sunday heading to Miami. Just before 11 a.m., the train struck the man in the 4400 block of Cedar Road.

Sergeant Glenn Zier, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, said the man was walking northbound on the tracks when he was hit by the passenger train that was headed southbound.

The train was carrying 249 passengers including a crew of 12. No one aboard the train was injured.

According to Sgt. Zier, there is a sign above the tracks that says no trespassing. Zier said you can't always hear the train coming because of the way the tracks are built.

"Anytime somebody gets killed is a problem and walking on the tracks is definitely a problem because you can't always hear these trains coming because of the way the tracks are.," Sgt. Zier told First Coast News. "The train could be on you before you know it."

Karolewicz said trains that regularly pass through that area blow their whistles.

"It's got a funny wistle to it. You can't miss it," he said.

At this time, officials are not able to confirm how fast the train was going. Sgt. Zier said if you walk on the tracks, you take a risk.

"You're not going to win against a train. Best advice, do not go near the train tracks," Sgt. Zier said.

Authorities stopped the train to complete the investigation. Power remained aboard the train to keep passengers comfortable.

Sgt. Zier said management from CSX and Amtrak were on scene. Sgt. Zier also said he believed the Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board would be getting involved.


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