Hearing-impaired man was wearing headphones before train strike, police say

The pedestrian hit by a freight train near downtown Kissimmee remained in critical condition Thursday as police revealed new details about the crash.

The man, identified as 25-year-old Lucas Demetrias of Kissimmee, has a hearing impairment and was wearing headphones before the crash on Wednesday.

“These are the contributing factors on why Mr. Demetrias did not hear the train whistle and exit the tracks,” Stacie Miller, a spokeswoman for the Kissimmee Police Department, said in an email.

He was walking on the tracks near Smith and Vine streets when he was hit about 3 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Vine Street also is known as U.S. Highway 192.

He was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Vine Street was closed for more than two hours between Main Street and Michigan Avenue while authorities investigated.

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