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Car Struck by Train in Dade City, Florida


February 23, 2020

DADE CITY, FL- Patch.com writes that a train struck a car earlier this week in Dade City. The incident took place at the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Old Lakeland Highway. Police stated that the driver, a 58-year-old woman, road around the gates as they were coming down. The train collided with the left rear of the vehicle, causing it to spin before ending up on Melrose Avenue.*

It took the train about one mile to come to a stop following the impact. The images of the vehicle show a severely damaged silver sedan. The back of the car is missing its tires, and the trunk is nearly torn from the vehicle.

The railroad company, Brightline, is working to make its rail lines safer. The company claims that a large number of crashes are the result of suicides and not accidents. According to Brightline, this makes it more challenging to increase safety and prevent crashes. Others say that Brightline is exaggerating the number of incidents that can be attributed to suicide, and that many of the deaths are in fact accidental. 

The railroad is planning to increase safety features, including adding drones to monitor the railroads for trespassers. Brightline is also creating a suicide hotline and working in suicide prevention as part of its effort to reduce the train-related death toll in the state. Florida is home to the most dangerous train line in the country. The high-speed railroad runs through some of the state’s busiest areas and has led to more fatalities in its two years of service than any other line in the country. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Source:https://patch.com/florida/landolakes/amp/28576719/driver-tried-beat-train-couldnt-pasco-fire-rescue and https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20191202/brightline-has-highest-death-rate-in-country and https://www.npr.org/2020/01/29/799962246/brightline-nations-deadliest-railroad-after-high-number-of-track-deaths


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