Man dies in crash when train spins, flips truck attempting to cross tracks with warning arms down: FHP

Starke Train Crash (WJXT)

STARKE, Fla. – A man died Thursday night when the truck he was in was hit by a train on Market Street in Starke after trying to cross the railroad tracks while the warning arms were down, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the black Ford F-250 was headed east on Market Street around 10:30 p.m. when it tried to cross the railroad tracks just west of Paul Street despite the warning arms being in place.

The right side of the truck was hit by the CSX train, sending it spinning and flipping it onto its roof, FHP said.

A 57-year-old man in the truck died at the scene and two other men, ages 44 and 63, were taken to UF Health in Gainesville with serious injuries.

Two people who were on the CSX train were not hurt.

In a statement, a spokesman for CSX said: “CSX appreciates the swift response from the local first responders.”

Troopers said they have not yet identified which of the three men was driving the truck, and they are still investigating the crash. It’s unclear if any of the men was wearing a seat belt.

The road was closed for several hours while crews cleaned up, but reopened before 5 a.m. Friday.