Driver of SUV in Maitland SunRail crash cited
SUV struck by SunRail train, stranded passengers for hours
MAITLAND, Fla. – Officials released on Friday the video from the SunRail crash in Maitland earlier this week.
The driver whose SUV was struck by a SunRail train in Maitland has been ticketed, police said on Friday.
The driver was cited for driving/crossing under railroad barricade, which comes with a $164 fine.
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Maitland police said the driver may have tried to beat the train. Police believe she was turning left and, according to the train's engineer, went around the crossing arms.
The crash stranded nearly 160 passengers for hours.
FDOT reminds drivers it is never safe to stop on tracks or go around the gates at crossings when they are down.
The crash has Maitland police issuing a railroad crossing crackdown with extra patrols throughout the city from March 30 to April 30.
Police are also urging drivers to use alternate routes , like US Highway 17-92 where drivers have an expanded roadway and extra lanes without crossing over railroad tracks.
Wednesday's crash marks the second SunRail crash in 2015. A minivan was struck by the train in January on Virginia Drive, just north of the downtown Orlando stop.
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