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Martin Beckles Injured in Train Accident in Hawthorne, FL

UPDATE– According to subsequent reports, Martin Beckles did pass on from injuries sustained in this accident.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013–   Martin Beckles, 51, was identified in reports as the driver of a FedEx truck that was involved in an accident with a CSX train in Hawthorne, FL on Wednesday. Beckles was admitted in critical condition to the University of Florida Health Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries sustained in the accident.   

Scene of the Accident:

Investigation into the cause of the accident is currently underway, but preliminary reports did state that there are no cross arms at the rail road crossing. It is likely that this lack of safety equipment heavily contributed to the accident. No workers or staff on the train involved in the accident were reported as having had sustained any injuries.

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  1. This accident happened just before my driveway, the train stopped in front of my house. There was a bad storm when the accident happened. You could not see more than 30 feet in front of you.. The conductor was trying very hard to hold back the tears wishing there was something he could do to change the event. The residents do not want crossings put in, any time they have to do work on the tracks we have to leave our vehicles on the side of 301.

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