SunRail train struck, killed man on tracks near Sanford, police say

SunRail service resumes after body found on tracks

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor , Mark Lehman - Reporter

SANFORD, Fla. - SunRail service resumed Friday morning after a SunRail train struck and killed a man on the railroad tracks the night before.

Sanford police say they are investigating the death of a person that was struck by a train late Thursday night.

A SunRail conductor spotted the body early Friday morning and contacted police. Florida Department of Transportation officials say five passengers were on board when the conductor found the body Friday morning.

The man's identity was not released.

Tracks were closed near State Road 46, but were reopened two hours later at 7:30 a.m. with the first southbound train coming in from DeBary, according to Florida Department of Transportation.

Ashley Rome said she was delayed for over an hour when she tried to ride the commuter train.  "I had no concept of how delayed they were, so that was frustrating," said Rome.

The regular schedule resumed with SunRail trains proceeding by the death scene at slower speeds while law enforcement work continues in Sanford.

FDOT said one train was cleared earlier and is running between Lake Mary and Sand Lake Road.

"I'm trying to get to class. I'm going to miss my connection to Lynx," said SunRail commuter Debra Young. "So it hasn't been good for me this week."

Lynx bus lines were able to help out and get some people to where they needed to be.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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