Brightline Train Kills Pedestrian in Deerfield Beach, Florida
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL- Local10.com writes that a Brightline train hit a pedestrian in a fatal accident this week in Deerfield Beach. The incident occurred early in the morning, close to Dixie Highway and Southwest 15th Street. Emergency responders declared the man dead when they arrived at the scene of the incident.*
Images from the area show a yellow tarp covering the victim’s body located in a turn lane on Dixie Highway near the tracks. The train remained stopped on the tracks during the investigation. Homicide detectives from the Broward Sheriff’s Office are carrying out the investigation. Police diverted traffic away from the area while officers worked at the scene.
Statistics from Operation Lifesaver indicate that while fatal train crashes are lower than they were twenty years ago, they are not dropping further. Hundreds of people are still killed in train accidents each year. In 2018, 262 people died in crashes at train crossings.
Trains are massive, and crashes involving trains and cars, or trains and pedestrians have a high rate of fatalities. A person in a vehicle who collides with a train is about twenty times more likely to die than they are in any crash with another car. It is important to remember that trains cannot slow or stop quickly. When a person or car enters the path of a train, there is typically nothing the operator of the train can do to prevent a collision. It is also worth noting that because of their large size, people often misjudge the speed of trains and believe that they are traveling slower than they are in reality.
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