A 36-year-old Florida man died of blunt force injuries when a train derailed on Oct. 24, 2013, at 6:35 a.m. The man was the conductor of a train pushing 10 cars of gravel backward in Sanford when it collided with a derailer placed on the tracks by an employee of RailWorks Maintenance of Way Inc. approximately five minutes before the accident. The construction worker said he did not have any reason to suspect that a train was approaching. The weather at the time of the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, caused reduced visibility.
A report said the accident resulted from a failure of all parties to communicate efficiently. It is not known if the conductor knew derailers were placed on the tracks; however, a co-worker said the victim had mentioned a curfew prior to the crash. Derailers are portable systems used to force a train off the rails, and the mention of a curfew suggests that conductors required permission to move trains at the time of the accident.