FHP: 1 dead in Amtrak train, dump truck collision in Pine Castle

 Friday, November 30, 2012


A driver was killed Thursday morning when an Amtrak train carrying 140 passengers crashed into a dump truck in Orange County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The dump truck driver, Seeram Matadial, 44, of Orlando, was ejected and killed in the crash, which occurred around 11 a.m. at Glenrose Avenue and Orange Avenue in Pine Castle, south of Orlando. According to the FHP, witnesses said Matadial did not stop at a stop sign and drove onto the tracks into the direct path of the train, which was traveling at 60 mph -- 10 mph below the speed limit. The dump truck was split in half and broke into several pieces in the crash, troopers said.