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FedEx Truck Driver Dies from Injuries After Collision with CSX Train

By and on July 11th, 2013
The train crossing where Beckles' FedEx truck was struck by a CSX train on Wednesday, July 3.

Donna Green-Townsend / WUFT News

The train crossing where Beckles' FedEx truck was struck by a CSX train on Wednesday, July 3.

Updated, July 11: Martin Beckles has died from his injuries, Florida Highway Patrol announced Wednesday afternoon.

The accident report stated he was to be treated at UF Health Shands Hospital, though Shands officials never confirmed his stay there. That was likely because he was brought in under an alias due to the severity of his injuries, an FHP investigator told WUFT News.

Prior to Beckles’ passing, David Westrick, FedEx spokesman for media relations, could not confirm how long the company had employed Beckles, though he did say FedEx was working with authorities on the investigation to determine how the crash happened.

“Our thoughts and well wishes are extended to Mr. Beckles and his family,” Westrick said.

Gary Sease, a CSX spokesman, wrote the following in an email to WUFT News:

The CSX freight train was southbound and had begun its trip at Jacksonville with a destination of Tampa. The train had two locomotives and 34 rail cars. The speed limit for trains in that particular area is 60 mph and the train’s event recorder indicates it was traveling 53 mph when it collided with the delivery truck on July 3. The crossing is a private one for the access of a property owner in the area. It is marked with cross bucks (the “X” sign indicating a crossing). We are cooperating with authorities looking into this collision. Our thoughts are with the injured driver.

There are no railroad crossing arms at the area where Beckles was hit, and a blog comment posted by a witness Sunday mentioned the difficulty of seeing a train coming due to the rain at the time of the accident.

“You could not see more than 30 feet in front of you,” wrote Ashley Schneider, an employee at Walt’s Tree Service, 11106 SE US Highway 301. “The conductor was trying very hard to hold back the tears wishing there was something he could do to change the event.”

No charges have been filed in the investigation, which is ongoing.

Original story, July 4: The driver of a FedEx vehicle suffered critical injuries after a train collided with his truck at a railroad crossing Wednesday afternoon just south of Hawthorne.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports Martin Beckles, 51, of Ocala was attempting to cross railroad tracks from a private drive off U.S. Highway 301 south of Hawthorne at 3:55 p.m. when a southbound CSX train hit the truck’s passenger side.

The railroad crossing does not have cross arms and FHP reports heavy rain at the time of the accident. Beckles was rushed to UF Health in Gainesville. Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Bruce Simmons said the investigation into the accident is continuing.


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  • Horseswaggled

    SELECTION: RAILROAD – CSX Transportation [CSX ] / January TO December, 2012

    TOTAL ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS: 916

    Total train miles: 99,561,556

    Switching miles: 14,784,650

    Total miles—114,346,206

    Total fatalities: 103

    Total nonfatal conditions: 464

    Killed at crossings-33

    Injured at crossings-145

    Killed pedestrians-68

    Injured pedestrians-77

    Killed workers-

    Injured workers-214

    http://fastlane.dot.gov/2012/12/2011-safety-numbers-show-decline-in-traffic-fatalities-but-dots-work-continues.html#.UOVfum-TrTo

    The updated Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data shows 2011

    also saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per

    100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2011, down from 1.11 deaths per

    100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2010. (1 fatality per 90,909,091

    miles traveled)

    +++++++++++++

    100,000,000/114,346,206 =.87

    +++++++++++++

    .87 X 103 = 90 killed in 100 million CSX miles NOT 1.1 killed

    +++++++++++++

    .87 X 464=404 injured in 100 million CSX miles

  • Horseswaggled

    http://www.nrc.uscg.mil/reports/rwservlet?standard_web+inc_seq=1052722

    DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT

    ///THIS REPORT WAS RECEIVED VIA WEB/// ON 7/3/13 AT 1558 HOURS, TRAIN DISPATCHER REPORTED TRAIN Q74103, WITH LOCOMOTIVES CSXT 5491 AND CSXT 760 (BOTH DVR EQUIPPED), COLLIDED WITH AN OCCUPIED FED-EX VEHICLE AT MP S 707.0 ON THE WILDWOOD SUBDIVISION. THIS WAS LOCATED AT A PRIVATE ROAD CROSSING APPROXIMATELY THREE-TENTHS OF A MILE NORTH OF THE U.S. HIGHWAY 301/SE 111TH AVENUE CROSSING IN IN HAWTHORNE, FL. DISPATCHER 1211, ALACHUA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, WAS NOTIFIED AND THEY RESPONDED. SPECIAL AGENT, WAS NOTIFIED. MFI, WAS NOTIFIED AND RESPONDED WITH 2 HR ETA. CSX CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, WAS NOTIFIED.

    UPDATE: AT 1420 HOURS, ALACHUA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ADVISED ONE MALE PATIENT TRANSPORTED TO SHANDS GAINESVILLE

    MFI NOTIFIED VIA CAD AT 1613 HOURS. PASSENGER SERVICES ADVISED THIS IS NOT A PASSENGER LINE

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIR DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GAVE INCIDENT # 20134303 AT 1620 HOURS

    AT 1820 HOURS, FEDEX CLAIMS ADJUSTER (856-667-8825), REQUESTED TO SPEAK WITH CSX MANAGER ON-SCENE WHO COULD PROVIDE DETAILS OF THE EVENT.

    AT 2000 HOURS, JAX CTD ADVISED THAT SUBJECT WAS FATALLY INJURED.

  • William Who Likes Trains

    This is a very sad story. It’s a real shame when accidents like this happen, and it’s really sad that the driver had no warning (although should the train have blared it’s whistle and could he have heard it? I’m not gonna point fingers and play the blame game, but I’m sorry this happened.)

    What’s the crossbuck sign doing there? I thought crossbucks were only used at Public railroad crossings, even though I’ve seen a few other private crossings with crossbucks, some even with gates. If I was a property owner and you had to cross the tracks to get to my property, I’d want gates at that crossing, although I don’t know if the railroad would do it or not, I mean I’m not sure that would be my decision or that of the railroad’s but I prefer gated crossings to the crossing seen in this picture. And I think a private crossing in Marana, Arizona, northwest of where I live in Tucson, a Private Crossing leading into a Power Station near Interstate 10 (which incidently goes terminates in Florida) started out as a crossing protected by STOP Signs and a Private Railroad Crossing sign like in the picture, but then it was somewhat upgraded with the addition of a crossbuck. And a new crossing, I think it’s a Private Crossing, was built somewhere nearby.

    I’m a railfan so I know some things about railroad crossings and my favorite kind of crossing is one with gates. Ones without gates but with lights are my next favorite.

 

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