Bad GPS directions and an errant right turn led to a rear-end collision with a train Saturday for one motorist.
A 60-year-old Monitcello man was driving his Dodge Ram north on Capitola Road at about 10:40 p.m. near the intersection of Buck Lake Road. He told a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol that his GPS device advised him to make a right turn, which put him on the railroad tracks.
“Moments after this occurred, a CSX Transportation train engine with attached cars was traveling northerly on the railroad tracks as well,” the FHP report states. “The train engine conductor was unable to reduce the speed of the train in time.”
The train rear-ended a utility trailer attached to the pickup truck. The impact pushed the trailer to the east shoulder and the truck to the west shoulder of the tracks.
The driver sustained only minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.
He was cited for failure to drive on a designated roadway.
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