Train Hits Woman in Starke
Published May 18th, 2014
STARKE, Fla. -- An early morning train accident in Bradford County ended in the death of an elderly woman, and this has officials concerned about the safety of pedestrians near the train tracks.
Deborah Thompson, an area resident, said it was strange to see a train stopped in its tracks.
"I don't usually see a train at five-til-nine, so something had obviously happened on the train," she said. "I just kept wondering, 'wow, the train stopped.' I wonder what happened."
What she saw was the aftermath of a tragic incident. A woman died after being hit by a train in starke, at about six-thirty this morning.
Officials said it's not known why the 69-year-old woman was on the tracks, but because of her positioning on the tracks, they are not ruling out the possibility of suicide.
Officials said the conditions weren't the best, and it's possible the train conductor did not see the victim because of a 50 foot blind spot.
"Even if they saw her at a point, it's at what point did they see her," Captain Barry Warren, of the Starke Police Department, said. "Especially night time driving, there's a blind-spot in front of those trains."
Captain Warren says investigators are working with C-S-X to get more information.
He says worries about the high amount of foot traffic crossing the tracks in Starke.
At night, don't cut it close," Captain Warren said. "Daytime, don't play with them... stay off those tracks."
The victim's family is from out-of-state and they have been notified.
The woman's name has not yet been released.
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