Thursday, January 18, 2018

Florida's new 'higher-speed' train Brightline killed two people in one week

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 5:51 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA BRIGHTLINE
  • Photo via Brightline
All Aboard Florida's new "higher-speed" train debuted last weekend and has already struck and killed two people.

According to the Sun Sentinel, a train hit and killed a bicyclist Wednesday in the Boynton Beach area. No other details were released. However, an attorney for the family is looking into whether a guardrail was operating properly.

This marks the second death since the train debuted last weekend. Just a few days earlier, while the Brightline train was offering preview runs, it struck and killed a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the tracks in the  West Palm Beach area, reports WPLG.

"Brightline continues to reinforce awareness and education. It is critical that the public remains attentive when near any active railroad," said the company in a statement.

Overall, last week's deaths bring Brightline's total count to four people since last summer.

Yesterday, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson wrote a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asking if enough safety measures have been put in place.

Brightline officially started introductory service last Saturday between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The Miami station is set to open later this year and construction for the Phase 2 Orlando route is expected to begin in early 2018.

All Aboard Florida says their trains travel between 79-125 miles per hour.
click to enlarge PHOTO VIA BRIGHTLINE
  • Photo via Brightline

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