Driver dies in crash with train in Melbourne

Aaron Thomas Imes killed in crash on Eau Gallie Boulevard

MELBOURNE, Fla. - A 29-year-old man was killed early Friday when his vehicle struck a moving train in Melbourne, police said.

Aaron Thomas Imes died in the accident, which occurred about 3:40 a.m. at the Florida East Coast Railway crossing on Eau Gallie Boulevard just west of U.S. 1, according to Melbourne police.

"A Mercury Grand Marquis was traveling eastbound on Eau Gallie as a northbound train was crossing Eau Gallie," Melbourne police spokesman Sgt. Sheridan Shelley said.

The car did not stop, crossed into oncoming lanes, drove through a railroad crossing arm and hit the side of the moving freight train.

Shelley said the impact pushed the car off to the side of the road and onto its side.

The man driving the car, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital and later was pronounced dead.

"There was some evidence that speed may have been a factor," Shelley said.

An investigation is ongoing.

He said all the railroad crossing safety features, such as crossing arms and lights, appeared to be working at the time of the crash. Eau Gallie Boulevard was closed at the crossing for about three hours but was reopened before the morning commute.

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