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2 people hit by Amtrak train, 1 killed

One killed, another hurt after being hit by train in Putnam County (Deanna Bettineschi)
One killed, another hurt after being hit by train in Putnam County (Deanna Bettineschi)
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Updated: 8/29/2013 4:18 pm
SATSUMA, Fla. -- An Amtrak train heading south made an unexpected stop Thursday morning after striking two people on the train tracks

The accident happened behind a gas station in Satsuma, killing one and injuring the other.

Lt. Justin Asbury with the Florida Highway Patrol said surveillance video showed a man and woman lying on the tracks. Asbury said it seemed the woman realized the train was coming, jumped up, and tried to alert the man with her.

But Asbury said, it was too late.

"There were signs of impairments of some sort," Asbury said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said alcohol or drugs could be a factor, but investigators won't know for sure until they get blood test results. Asbury said he doesn't believe it was a suicide attempt. He said the man died at the scene, the woman was still conscious.

The victims has been identified as 30-year-old Stephen Carl Smith and 32-year-old Amanda Harvey.

"She did give info to responding deputies first and that info was to help identify who he was," Asbury said.

But, Asbury said crews quickly took Harvey to a local hospital and then flew her to a hospital in Gainesville.

"She's in serious condition; it looks like she has some injuries that could affect her for sometime," said Lt. Asbury.

Asbury said he doesn't know why they were on the tracks, but he said he knows it's a spot that isn't unfamiliar in the community .

"Quite a few people over the years have been passing through there. I heard neighbors say it's a frequented area," said Asbury.

Asbury said the train was carrying passengers at the time of the accident, but no one on board was hurt.

Asbury said the woman's story and the train conductors story are consistent. He also said the man and woman were not romantically involved.

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wishmistress - 8/29/2013 12:48 PM
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Maybe shielded/bumped away by the deceased? The question has always been How does one get hit by a train to begin with? It's not like they sneak up on you.

Lulu2013 - 8/29/2013 8:38 AM
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How does one get hit by an Amtrak train and survive? Don't those trains run 60 mph?
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