Polk County Sheriff's Homicide detectives are conducting a death investigation involving a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train.
Just after 12:00 noon on Monday, March 30, 2015, the Amtrak 98 Silver Meteor train from Miami to New York, which made its last stop in Sebring and was heading to its next stop in Winter Haven, was traveling along the tracks in the Big Sun Ray area in Frostproof just under the US 27 overpass (nearest cross street: Charles Street) when the conductor saw an adult male who appeared to be jogging alongside the tracks, on the outer wood cross beams. The conductor blew the train horn several times, to no avail. The jogger continued on as if not hearing the approaching train. The train made every effort to alert the man and stop, but struck the man, and he is deceased on-scene.
The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Edwardo Salazar of Frostproof. According to the witnesses and his family, he was wearing headphones plugged in to his iPod while jogging. No foul play is suspected. The train was stopped on the tracks and delayed for approximately 4.5 hours, and had 178 passengers on board. The investigation is ongoing.