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December 27, 2018

Massive delays for SunRail commuters occurred on Friday, December 7th, after an individual was hit by one of the trains in Orlando. The train accident, which authorities are treating as a suicide attempt, was first reported at close to 6:30 in the morning, along a stretch of the SunRail track in Orlando that runs close to Pine Street, in between Orange Avenue and Garland Avenue.

The train involved, the P303, departed from the DeBary SunRail station around 5:30 in the morning. Aboard the train were 71 passengers as well as two members of the SunRail crew. It was as the train was passing through Orlando that an individual stepped into the path of the oncoming locomotive and was subsequently hit.

At the time of this writing, it is not believed that anyone else aboard the train suffered from injuries as a result of this incident. The individual who was struck was still alive when paramedics and EMTs reached the scene, and they were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries. It is not clear if this person is still recovering from the initial crash or if they have healed sufficiently to begin answering questions that will be posed by police and other individuals in relation to the incident.

The report did not indicate just why the authorities believe that the person on foot was trying to kill themselves by walking in front of the train; however, it is the case that such an action is not without president. As the incident remains under investigation, any early conclusions regarding the motives of the victim are bound to be subject to doubt, and it is important for more information to emerge before immediately assuming one thing or another.

Not only the P303, but the entire SunRail system was delayed for an unspecified amount of time as the first responders and investigators worked to uncover just what happened to cause the incident in the first place. It is not clear how SunRail ensured that the commuters aboard the numerous affected trains were able to leave from the area, although it is not uncommon for buses to take over from the trains in situations such as this one.

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