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Patrols begin at SunRail crossings in Maitland

Police make move after recent crash


MAITLAND, Fla. – More police officers will be placed around the train tracks in Maitland after a recent crash between a SunRail train and an SUV.

The Maitland Police Department is putting more officers on railroad duty, ticketing drivers who stop on the tracks or go around crossing arms.

"It's definitely not worth the loss of life or being disabled just from trying to get through an intersection," said Maitland police Lt. Louis Grindle.

The blitz starts after police say a woman tried to beat a SunRail train last week. 

According to the train's engineer, she was turning left and went around the crossing arms that were down.  Her SUV was totaled, but the woman walked away with her life. 

The increased patrols were scheduled to last through April.

In the past week, Maitland city officials acknowledged safety concerns at some of the crossings. 

At Packwood and Maitland Avenue, the city trimmed shrubs to keep drivers from inching toward the tracks to see oncoming traffic.  Officials are also working to move a Duke Energy box that is blocking the view.

City officials say they are working on a solution to ease traffic at Maitland Avenue and Horatio, which continues to put drivers dangerously close to the tracks.