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Train crashes into USPS truck stuck near tracks in Summerfield

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Thursday after a United States Postal Service truck was hit by a train in Summerfield.

Marion County Fire Rescue units responded to the call at around 12:43 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, after receiving a report of a “train versus a motor vehicle” in the vicinity of SE 147th Street and SE 70th Court in Summerfield. 

A USPS vehicle was stock in sand and struck by a passing train
A USPS vehicle was stuck in sand and struck by a passing train

According to a Facebook post from Marion County Fire Rescue, truck company #1 from Spruce Creek Station #30 arrived on scene in a little over a minute after receiving the call. They encountered a collision and immediately made their way to the USPS truck. 

USPS truck runs into train in Marion County 2
A train ran into a USPS truck that was stuck in sand near tracks in Summerfield, Florida

A report filed by the Florida Highway Patrol says that the USPS truck was traveling wast on SE 147th Place when it got stuck on the dirt road and attempted to initiate a u-turn at SE 70th Avenue Road. 

The driver exited the vehicle and called for a tow truck, but prior to doing so, a northbound CSX train approached the area and struck the front of the vehicle that was very near the rail line. The train came to a controlled stop approximately 100 yards north of the point of contact with the truck. 

There were no injuries reported from the incident. 

The accident is the third such accident in as many days, after a vehicle crashed into a home in Ocala on Tuesday and a pickup truck crashed into an east Ocala auto parts shop on Wednesday.