The SunRail commuter line hit a snag Wednesday when one of its trains hit a utility trailer near the Longwood station, causing delays for the new service.
No one was hurt in the crash, which happened about 5:30 p.m., but there was a delay of nearly two hours along the 32-mile SunRail system, said Steve Olson, a Florida Department of Transportation spokesman.
Northbound trains were then rerouted onto the southbound tracks, Olson said.
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Florida 434 & North Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Longwood, FL 32750, USA
County Road 427 & East Bay Avenue, Longwood, FL 32750, USA
The train operator rounded a curve and saw the landscape trailer hanging over the tracks at County Road 427, also known as Ronald Reagan Boulevard, at Bay Avenue, said Officer Kevin Tuck, a Longwood police spokesman.
The operator applied the emergency brake but could not avoid the collision, Tuck said. A pickup that was hauling the trailer was not struck.
Several passengers said they didn't feel much of anything.
Sergio Ortolaza-Torres and his 12-year-old son, Sebastian, who were riding the commuter train for the first time, said the crash wouldn't deter them from riding again.
"It was, like, a little bump," Sebastian said.
His father added: "SunRail's good. I can't complain about it."
The accident — the first since SunRail's May 1 launch — caused delays for rush-hour commuters and joy riders taking advantage of SunRail's free rides for the first two weeks.
"I didn't feel anything that happened," said Oma Harnanan, who also was riding SunRail for the first time just to try it out.
She also said she the crash wouldn't prevent her from taking another trip.
The crash happened just south of the Longwood SunRail station. Northbound trains were rerouted to the southbound tracks, and passengers said they were notified of delays over loudspeakers at SunRail stations.
Monica Ogle, who was on her way to pick her children up from day care, said she was frustrated by the crash and the wait for another train, which made her late.
Felicia Kendell, who was riding with Ogle, said she felt a bump when the collision happened.
"We should have been in Sanford by 5:40," she said about 7 p.m.