A 20-year-old North Port man escaped injury in a single-vehicle accident in DeSoto County early Saturday morning, but damaged train tracks with his car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A report shows that around 2 a.m., Joseph Franks III was driving a 2010 Nissan Altima east on County Road 760A, approaching a slight right curve before the train tracks east of U.S. 17.
Franks failed to negotiate the right curve, the report shows, and veered toward the south shoulder, causing the Altima to strike the steel railroad tracks with its front and undercarriage. The car then struck a ditch and continued east, coming to rest on the south grass shoulder. The train tracks were knocked out of alignment, the FHP said. Seminole Gulf Railway was advised of the accident, and officials said they would send a worker to repair the damage. Franks was not hurt. It is unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt, the report states. Charges are pending. Alcohol was not a factor in the incident, according to the report.
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