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Published in Trains magazine, Railfan & Railroad, Passenger Train Journal

Monday, August 21, 2006

FEC trainman dies in collision

A Florida East Coast Ry. employee was killed Monday afternoon after a tractor-trailer and an eight-car train hauling gravel collided in an industrial area of Viera, Fla. without railroad crossing arms, officials said.

The accident happened about 2:00 p.m. near the intersection of Ansin and Nova Roads.

There are warning lights but no railroad crossing arms, officials said.

The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating the collision along with deputies from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and a crew from Brevard County Fire-Rescue.

The train may have backing up when the collision with the northbound truck happened, officials said.

“The train clipped the back of the truck and flipped the truck over,” said Sgt. Lou Brutto of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“The railroad employee was killed. He was on a little platform on the car at the end of the train. The driver of the truck is fine. He’s walking around.”

It was not immediately known how fast the train was moving, nor the railroader’s name.

Unofficial sources said conductor Kim Rogers was working local No. 915 working in Cocoa-Rockledge. He was flagging a crossing when a dump truck allegedly ran through and was struck and turned over, crushing the conductor on the rear of a hopper car.

The main line was still blocked by 5:30 p.m.

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