By Brian Stoothoff
Last Wednesday, Ocala (FL) Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a train that struck a passenger vehicle. On arrival, firefighters found an elderly driver sitting in the vehicle who told officials he did not realize he was on the train tracks. Prior to the collision, CSX train staff observed tail lights in the distance and were able to apply the brakes on the train, preventing significant damage to the passenger vehicle.
Fire Battalion Chief Martin Ortiz who was on scene gave credit to the train conductor and CSX staff for taking quick action to avert a greater disaster. The driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. The incident occurred at 600 Southwest 10 Street. Firefighters received the 911 call at 8:49 p.m. and remained on scene one hour.