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1 dead in train derailment near Sanford

1 dead in train derailment near Sanford

By Andrew Murphy. CREATED Oct 24, 2013

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Department of Transportation says a train employee was killed after a train derailment near Sanford.

Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson says the employee was working as a spotter Thursday on one of the cars as a locomotive pushed 10 cars backward into a rail yard.

Four of the cars carrying gravel tipped and the worker became partially trapped underneath one of the cars and the crushed rock.

Train traffic wasn't affected because the accident didn't happen on a main rail line but in an area where construction is ongoing.

The gravel was to be used for construction of a SunRail commuter rail station.

Olson says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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