On November 30, 1993, a 184-foot-long vehicle consisting of a truck-tractor and modular transporter operated by Rountree Transport and Rigging (Rountree), Inc., was en route to deliver an 82-ton turbine to a Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) electricity generating plant under construction near Intercession City, Florida. The private access road to the plant facility crosses over a single railroad track owned by CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT). Because of the configuration of the truck and the profile of the roadway, the cargo deck of the transporter began to bottom out on the roadway surface as the vehicle moved across the tracks and began down the descending grade. To gain sufficient clearance, the Rountree crew shimmed the transporter while the cargo deck was on the tracks. About 12:40 p.m, they had finished raising the cargo deck and were preparing to move the vehicle when the lights and bells at the grade crossing activated. The crossing gates descended, striking the turbine. Seconds later, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) train number 88, the Silver Meteor, carrying 89 passengers, struck the side of the cargo deck and the turbine. The locomotive and the first four cars of the eight-car consist derailed, carrying the turbine and parts of the Rountree vehicle with them.
No deaths resulted from this accident. Responders evacuated 59 people to five local hospitals, where 15 were admitted for further treatment. Six people sustained serious injuries and 53 suffered minor injuries, mostly abrasions, lacerations, and contusions. The Rountree vehicle and the turbine were destroyed, and the locomotive and the first three railcars were damaged extensively. Total damage from the accident exceeded $14 million.