Driver of stalled car on tracks describes Maitland SunRail crash

Woman hurt after crash; Local 6 spots close calls on tracks

MAITLAND, Fla. - The woman who was forced to make a last second leap from her car after it stalled on the tracks, causing the SunRail to hit it, tells Local 6 on Tuesday she was terrified.

[VIDEO: Local 6 catches drivers on track]

28-year-old Kristen Taylor said she couldn't get her Infinity started again when it stalled on the tracks at the intersection of Packwood Avenue and Maitland Avenue Monday afternoon-- the first day of the SunRail's pay service.

Taylor said if warning horns blew, she didn't hear them, but said her music was loud.

As the crossing arms lowered with her car on the tracks, Taylor said she fumbled with the clutch and the push button start as the train quickly approached.

She then left the car as the train crashed into it and was struck by debris from the train crashing into the car.

She then left the car as the train crashed into it.

Taylor's car, which she had only a short time before the crash, was totaled and her first payment was due Monday.

Taylor says she was not trying to beat the train, she says she didn't even know it was coming.

Local 6 spotted several drivers disobeying the law at several intersections along the SunRail route.  One driver went around the crossing arms after they had come down. 

Another driver was so close the crossing arm came down on the vehicle.  When the driver backed up, the arm was stuck between the windshield and the antenna.

Two other drivers pulled up too far and got stuck between the arms, but were far enough from the tracks the train didn't hit them.

The Florida Department of Transportation say they are trying to educate people about driver safety at train crossings.

SunRail, the first fixed-rail mass transit system in Central Florida, makes 12 stops during its 31.5-mile route, starting in DeBary and ending at Sand Lake Road in Orlando. In between, stops are in Sanford, Lake Mary, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Winter Park and Orlando, which has four stations.

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