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Brightline Train Crash Kills One in Pompano Beach, Florida


March 24, 2020

POMPANO BEACH, FL- Deerfield-news.com writes that a crash took place between Brightline and a car this week in Broward County. The incident happened in the late morning on Northeast Seventh Avenue. Police stated that the victim was a woman. *

So far, 44 people have died in train crashes in the Tricounty area within the last three years. The deaths are often suicides or the result of a person attempting to get around the gate to beat the oncoming train. 

Brightline railroad has been criticized for its particularly high rate of fatalities. Officials in the state are hoping to find ways to lower the number of deaths. Over the course of the first two years that the train line has been in service, there have been over 40 fatal crashes involving the semi-high-speed trains. Brightline’s locomotives reach speeds of up to about 79 miles per hour. The speed is not technically high-speed, but it is far faster than the trains that typically travel in the state. The tracks used by Brightline used to only accommodate much slower freight trains. 

The death toll from the new rail line averages to about one person dying in an incident each month. The high number of fatalities is the worst per mile out of any railroad in the nation. 

A campaign to educate the public about train safety is being used to help remind people not to enter the tracks when the gates are lowering. 

There is some dispute about whether the deaths are mainly the result of suicides or accidents. Brightline states that 75 percent of the deaths are suicides or drug-related, while the official numbers are much lower at about 30 percent of deaths resulting from suicide. 

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Sources:

https://deerfield-news.com/2020/03/17/brightline-vs-vehicle-accident-in-pompano-beach-claims-44th-victim-of-death-by-train-in-south-florida/

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/29/799962246/brightline-nations-deadliest-railroad-after-high-number-of-track-deaths



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