2 escape car minutes before freight train crash

Racetrack Rd at US1 in St. Johns County closed for two and a half hours

By Erin Fisher - Producer
Photo from Greg Suchy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two people were able to get out of a car before a train slammed into it, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Daphnee Louis, 19, was driving southbound on U.S. 1 at 2 a.m. Saturday morning when police said she made a right turn onto Racetrack Road, but failed to fully negotiate the turn.

Her car hit the inside of a raised median, which caused it to get stuck on the railroad tracks.

A few minutes after Louis and her passenger exited the car, a Florida East Coast Railway freight train barreled through the intersection.

Photos of the scene show the mangled car past the crossing arm. 

The roadway closed for two and a half hours, and opened at 4:45 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

Copyright 2018 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.