Brightline Train Hits, Kills Pedestrian On First Day Of Expanded Service
The fatality was at least the sixth involving pedestrians and Brightline trains in Palm Beach County this year, and the fourth in Delray Beach. Two people died on Feb. 8 and another on June 5. Other fatalities took place Jan. 21 in Boca Raton and May 12 in Lake Worth Beach.
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This morning, amid much fanfare, Brightline kicked off its first service from Miami to Orlando in Florida. The inaugural service was sold out, according to local news, and makes the journey from Miami to Orlando in around three and a half hours thanks to a top speed of up to 125 mph.
The victim, who has not yet been identified by authorities, was killed on the southbound tracks at Southeast Second Avenue and Southeast Fourth Street in Delray Beach. The Palm Beach Post adds that the “train had left the West Palm Beach station minutes earlier.” The site reports:
New train day should be a positive one filled with stories about happy commuters that are finally able to leave their cars at home and ride to work. But today, the day Brightline began the first high-speed rail link between Miami and Orlando, isn’t one of those days. That’s because America’s deadliest rail line has struck and killed another pedestrian.