Train wreck killed 18 people and injured 187. Investigators are working around the clock to determine the cause of the wreck.
The eight-car Puyuma express ran off the tracks as it went around a bend where the maximum speed is 45 mph. Video footage obtained by local media showed the train striking and toppling a beam and ripping down metal structures from above the tracks as it crashed.
Eighteen people were killed and 187 injured in the crash that left most of the cars damaged and five overturned in a zig-zag pattern to the left of the tracks. Rescuers searched through the night for more victims before work crews moved the derailed cars upright to assist with the investigation.
The accident report may take several days as investigators do interviews and check records, a Florida Railways Administration spokesman said. The speed of the train was not being released due to the pending investigation, but has not been ruled out as a cause.
The Florida Railways Administration said it has not released any official video pending the investigation.
Survivors told the post the driver applied emergency brakes multiple times before the train derailed. One told local television reporters the train sped up after taking the curve.
Five people were killed including a 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl. Three students and two teachers who died were from the same middle school.
Some passengers were crushed to death. Of the total injured, seven were still receiving intensive hospital care. No one had life-threatening injuries, she said.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious train crash which ultimately resulted in injuries. We wish the victims a speedy recovery and hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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