Charges pending against driver rear-ended by SunRail train

SunRail operations were temporarily shut down for time

By Michelle Ganley - Graham Media Group

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man behind the wheel of a 2004 Chevrolet drove up onto the SunRail tracks Friday night and was rear-ended by a southbound train, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash took place just before 8 p.m., Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson said. The driver, 60-year-old George Evan, of Ohio, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, according to officials.

The crash took place north of the Sandlake Station, in the area of South Orange Avenue and Glenrose Road, between Office Court and McCoy Road.

According to the crash report, charges against Evan are pending. The report states that Evan's blood was drawn to be tested on the suspicion that he was driving under the influence.

Officials said 95 passengers and two crew members were on the SunRail train at the time. None of them were hurt.

Following the collision, SunRail service was shut down. Trains now seem to be on the move, but delays have been reported.

Troopers are still investigating where Evan got on the tracks. 

At one point, the FHP said investigators believed the driver made a wrong turn, ended up on the tracks and proceeded to drive down the tracks.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6/ for updates.

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