UPDATE: West Palm Beach have identified the driver of the vehicle that collided Friday night with a Virgin train as Paul Smith, 47.


Smith was traveling west on Avon Road when he stopped his 2008 Corvette for a train crossing, according to police spokesman Sgt. David Lefont.


A southbound train passed through, and the gate arms remained down. Smith attempted to go around the gates when his car collided with a northbound train, police said.


ORIGINAL STORY: WEST PALM BEACH -- A person was killed about 9 p.m. Friday when a vehicle collided with a northbound Virgin train along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, West Palm Beach police said.


A spokesman could not say Friday night the type of vehicle, or anything about the person or people inside it.


Police blocked off a stretch of track starting at Avon Road, just north of Belvedere Road, and stretching nearly four-tenths of a mile north to Flamingo Road.


Crossings in that area were expected to be closed for the next few hours.


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