A man crossing tracks is killed by a passenger train in Florida | Florida News

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A man was fatally struck by a Brightline high-speed train as it attempted to cross train tracks in Hollywood, officials said.

Thursday night’s crash marks at least the sixth fatality involving Brightline since it resumed operations late last year after a shutdown for much of the pandemic.

No further details were immediately available about Thursday night’s death. Other recent deaths include a 68-year-old man and his sister who were hit by a train when the brother drove his SUV around a lowered level crossing barrier.

These deaths continue a trend that shows Brightline has the worst fatality rate among the nation’s roughly 800 railroads since testing began in mid-2017, according to an Associated Press analysis of Federal Railroad Administration data. .

None of the 52 prior deaths involving Brightline have been attributed to its equipment or crews. Investigations showed most of the victims were suicidal, drunk, mentally ill or had driven around barriers at an intersection in an attempt to beat the trains, which travel up to 79mph (128kph) through densely populated areas between Miami and West Palm Beach.

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