Train-car collision kills 1 in Plant City

PLANT CITY (WFLA) – A vehicle passenger was killed after a car drove into the path of a train on Saturday in Plant City.

The crash occurred at the railroad crossing near the intersection of Candis Road and Paul Buchman Highway around 4:05 p.m.

A CSX freight train was traveling southbound parallel to Buchman Highway, approaching Candis Road, when Bruce Dean, 19, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound, and attempted to race ahead of the train.

The train struck the passenger’s side of the vehicle as it crossed the tracks, and pushed it into the ditch, which caused the car to overturn onto the driver’s side.

Dean was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. The passenger, Angel Fidel Garcia-Vera, 20, died from his injuries. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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