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Motorist in SunRail crash ticketed

Motorist in SunRail crash ticketed

A lawn care worker who caused SunRail's first crash last week received a ticket for trying to drive across railroad tracks without enough space for safe passage. A utility trailer towed behind Juan Martinez's pickup was hit by a SunRail train at about 5:30 p.m. on May 7 at the Ronald Reagan Boulevard crossing in Longwood, according to police. "The trailer … was still on the tracks as the crossing lights, bells and (traffic) arms began to activate indicating an approaching train," a Longwood police report stated. "The engineer activated [the] horn trying to warn the driver to move but the vehicle never cleared the tracks." The 284,000-pound...

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