Train hits car, Citra man hospitalized, FHP reports

Published: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.

ANTHONY — A 25-year-old Citra man was critically injured when he drove around a railroad crossing gate and was struck by a train early Sunday morning, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The accident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. at the railroad crossing on State Road 326, just east of Northeast 36th Avenue north of Ocala, said sheriff’s Capt. Grady Grimes.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the train was traveling south with its horn activated. The gates on SR 326 were down and the red light signal was activated.

Jedrek Tyrell Turner went around the gate in a 2001 Hyundai and was struck by the train, the FHP reported.

Turner was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. He was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center’s new Level II Trauma Center, which opened Saturday.

“Most people can’t say they were in a vehicle hit by a train and survived,” Grimes said Sunday.

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