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Man who hit Amtrak train near Palatka identified

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Updated: 1/30 2:35 pm
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- A car hit an Amtrak train in Putnam County, sending one person to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The collision happened at a crossing along a dirt road in Bostwick near the Seminole Electric Plant on Highway 17, just north of Palatka, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Amtrak told Action News the train had 473 passengers on board.  Train 53, also known as the auto train, travels daily between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida. It was on its way to Virginia.

The crash delayed Train 53 and other Amtrak trains in the area.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Herbert Fridy III.  He is hospitalized at UF Shands in Gainesville.  Investigators say Fridy was leaving the driveway of a home off U.S. 17 when he tried to cross the crossing and failed to stop for the train. Investigators are not sure why.  The front left portion of the train hit the front of Fridy's GMC pickup truck.

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