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Another Brightline Train Death In South Florida

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Train Strikes Car. Kills Person. Again.

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BROWARD COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Another person died Tuesday afternoon when their car was struck by a Brightline Train south of Boca Raton. Brightline Trains involved in deaths are increasingly common since service resumed in November of 2021 following the COVID shutdown.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Narrative

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, Broward Regional Communications received a call regarding a crash involving a Brightline train and a vehicle in the area of North Dixie Highway and Northeast 62nd Street in Oakland Park. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Oakland Park Fire Rescue responded. The preliminary investigation reveals that a train struck a vehicle. One person was pronounced deceased on scene. BSO’s Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating the circumstances of the crash. 

On Monday, BSO, Brightline and several Broward County law enforcement agencies began a two week enforcement operation called Operation Crossing Guard. The operation is focused on safety at railroad grade crossings throughout Broward County. BSO deputies and participating law enforcement officers are patrolling at some of the dozens of railroad grade crossings in Broward County. Despite this proactive, zero tolerance operation, law enforcement officers cannot be stationed everywhere along railroad tracks in Broward County every minute of the day. There were no BSO deputies patrolling at the railroad crossing where this crash occurred this afternoon.  

It is vital for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to obey the traffic laws, pay attention to the roadway and to the railroad signage and remember that it’s always a bad idea to try and beat a train. 

LOCAL JOURNALISM SUPPORTER.

Paul Saperstein

 

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