Man in pickup truck killed by train in Highlands Co. identified

(Source: Florida Highway Patrol)
(Source: Florida Highway Patrol)

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A person was killed in Highlands County during an accident involving a pickup truck and an Amtrak train Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials, the accident occurred before 3:18 p.m. on US 98 South and Cowhouse Road in Lorida.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the pickup truck was traveling eastbound, approaching the railroad crossing at the intersection of Cowhouse Road.

The railroad crossing arms were in the down position.

The driver of the pickup attempted to cross the train tracks for unknown reasons, and the front of the truck struck the left side of the train.

The driver was the only person in the truck and was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver was identified as Efrem Gibson, 54, of Avon Park.

Four people, including a crew member of the train, were injured, but only one passenger was taken to a hospital.

There were 148 passengers and 10 crew members on the train, which was traveling from Miami to New York with several stops in between.

The crash remains under investigation.

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