Brightline Railroad Kills More than any other Train Line in the US
FLORIDA- Orlandoweekly.com writes that the Brightline railroad, which started test runs in 2017, is now the number one railroad line in the country when it comes to fatal accidents. The train line, which runs at higher speeds than the average train line in the country, killed 40 people between its official services started in 2018. The numbers average out to more than one death by Brightline rail each month.*
There are 821 total rail lines in the country, and Brightline is ahead of all of them within less than two years of its debut.
Brightline trains reach speeds of about 80 miles per hour, making the railroad nearly a high-speed rail line. The trains pass through heavily populated parts of Florida, and will only continue to pass through additional busy areas when the train line expands to Orlando next year.
It takes these trains about one-quarter of a mile to stop, making it nearly impossible for the crew to slow the locomotive in time to avoid hitting someone in its path.
Reports indicate that not a single one of the deaths can be blamed on the train equipment or crew mistakes. Some of the victims were on drugs or drunk; many of them ignored the gates and lights and tried to beat the trains. Many of the deaths were determined to be suicides.
Brightline, which is going to be transitioning to Virgin Trains USA in the near future, says that they are committed to preventing these fatalities. Not only are these deaths tragic events that impact the victims and their loved ones, but the train's employees are often traumatized by observing violent accidents and suicides.
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