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87-year-old man killed in head-on crash with train while driving on tracks

Florida troopers ID victim as Billy Clark Davis

DeLAND, Fla. – An 87-year-old DeLand man was struck and killed by a freight train early Monday while driving on the tracks, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Billy Clark Davis, of DeLand, died in the crash, which was reported around 1:15 a.m. at West Beresford Road and Alexander Drive, west of DeLand.

An 87-year-old man is killed in a head-on crash with a train near DeLand.
An 87-year-old man is killed in a head-on crash with a train near DeLand.

The FHP said Davis was driving a pickup truck on Beresford Road before traveling south on the train tracks for an unknown reason.

The freight train, which was traveling north, was unable to stop and struck the front of the pickup, the FHP said.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

Two people aboard the train were uninjured.

The railroad crossing reopened hours after the crash, which remains under investigation.

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