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Polk deputies investigating deadly car v. train crash

The sheriff's office says the driver of the car disregarded the closed crossing arms, driving around them in an attempt to cross the tracks.
Credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office

LAKELAND, Fla. — A woman is dead after getting into an accident with an Amtrak train in Lakeland, deputies say.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office was called out Saturday night in regard to a deadly crash in unincorporated Lakeland

Once on scene, deputies began collecting evidence and conducting interviews. According to a press release, they found 44-year-old Sandra Locke of Lakeland was driving a 2004 silver Toyota Corolla southbound on Reynolds Road at the same time an Amtrak train pulling 10 passenger cars was traveling east.

The railroad crossing arms were down at the time and deputies say it appears Locke disregarded the arms and drove around the barriers in an attempt to cross the tracks. That's when the train struck the car, spinning it off the roadway, according to a press release.

In the crash Amtrak's 94 passengers and 11 crew members were uninjured but Locke died at the scene, deputies say.

"Train 92 struck a vehicle in Lakeland last night at approximately 7 p.m. There were no injuries to the crew or passengers. The train was delayed approximately 4 hours before continuing on. Local authorities are investigating," an Amtrak spokesperson said to 10 Tampa Bay.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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