Delivery driver dies from injuries after crash involving train

The conductor talks with a Florida Highway Patarol trooper at the scene of a crash after his train hit a FedEx van along U.S. 301 south of Hawthorne on Wednesday, July 3.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.

The driver of a FedEx delivery truck that was struck by a train in Hawthorne earlier this month has died from his injuries, according to a report.

Martin Beckles, 51, of Ocala, was attempting to cross railroad tracks and pull into a private driveway off U.S. 301 just before 4 p.m. on July 3 when the accident occurred, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

A southbound CSX train enroute to the Tampa/Bradenton area slammed into the passenger side of the delivery van amid heavy rain. The crossing does not have a cross arm.

With two locomotives and more than 30 rail cars, it took the train about a half-mile to come to a stop. The passenger side door of the van was attached to the front of the lead locomotive.

Beckles was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he died on Wednesday.

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