Brightline Train Line is Number One in Deadly Crashes
BOCA RATON, FL- More than 40 people tragically died in accidents with Florida's rail service, Brightline, in less than two years since it officially started running in January 2018, according to BOCARATONTRIBUNE.COM. These fatalities have caused Brightline to now be ranked as number one in deadly rail crashes in the country. The trains travel between Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach.*
The death toll averages out to more than one person getting struck and killed by the trains each month or about one death every 29,000 miles traveled. Brightline trains run at nearly 80 miles per hour, making the rail service one of the fastest in the country.
Brightline President Patrick Goddard stated, "Even though it is not [the crew’s] fault, they feel like it is … and a lot of them suffer." "There is nothing we would want more than for that number [of deaths] to go to zero." The accidents take a massive toll on the employees in addition to the victims and families.
The deaths are not attributed due to crew error or equipment problems. Brightline points out that many of the deaths are due to suicides and that drugs and alcohol were found in some of the victims' systems. The rail line is working with suicide prevention groups in an effort to reduce the number of tragedies. The fact that so many of these accidents are the result of suicides presents an extra challenge when it comes to preventing these crashes. Because some people are choosing to put themselves at risk, warnings and signage will not likely be able to stop these individuals. Deterrents such as planting barriers and putting up four-way gates at specific crossings are being discussed.
The train line is now working on re-branding itself as Virgin Trains USA following a merger. The company continues to declare that its top priority is safety.
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