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An 87-year-old DeLand man was killed when his truck was struck by a freight train in an early-morning collision.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene of the accident, near West Beresford Road and Alexander Drive west of DeLand, at about 1:15 a.m. Monday.

Lt. Kim Montes, an FHP spokeswoman, said the pickup truck was traveling west on West Beresford Road, when the driver, Billy Clark Davis, “began to travel south on the train tracks.”

The northbound train, unable to stop, struck the front-left side of the pickup truck.

Montes said Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. The two occupants of the train were uninjured.


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