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Friday, January 27, 2023

Ocala Fire Rescue helps driver after vehicle gets stuck on train tracks

An Ocala Fire Rescue employee was in the right place at the right time on Saturday evening to help a motorist who was stuck on train tracks in northwest Ocala.

On Saturday, January 14, an Ocala Fire Rescue captain was heading back to the station when a pair of headlights were observed that appeared to be out of place near the 2100 block of NW MLK Jr. Avenue. According to OFR, a driver had missed a turn and their vehicle was stuck on the train tracks.

Ocala Fire Rescue vehicle stranded on train tracks January 14 2023
The vehicle became stuck on train tracks near the 2100 block of NW MLK Jr. Avenue after the driver missed a turn (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)
Ocala Fire Rescue vehicle stranded on train tracks January 14 2023 another photo of vehicle
Another photo of the vehicle that was stuck on the train tracks (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

The captain reported the incident, and an OFR battalion chief who was also heading back to the station responded to the scene. They both sprang into action and helped the unharmed driver exit the vehicle safely.

Ocala Fire Rescue vehicle stranded on train tracks January 14 2023 OFR captain and battalion chief on scene
The vehicle was towed before it could impede railroad traffic (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

A tow truck was requested, and it removed the vehicle from the tracks before any trains passed through the area.