Pedestrian Killed by Brightline Train

Pedestrian Killed by Brightline Train

Date:           Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Time:           8:56 am
Location:    10th Avenue N and N G Street, City of Lake Worth Beach

Deputies responded to a pedestrian vs Brightline train on the south bound FEC train track, just north of the intersection. The investigation revealed that for unknown reasons, the pedestrian was standing in between the north bound and south bound train tracks, facing to the north and did not move as the Brightline train was approaching resulting in the train striking the (male) pedestrian.  The pedestrian was pronounced dead on scene.  His identity is unknown at this time.

PBSO and Brightline continue to REMIND the public, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to make safe choices around trains and crossings, LOOK * LISTEN * LIVE!  

All of these incidents are tragic, and what makes them so tragic is that they are all avoidable.

 Here are some important safety tips from Operation Lifesaver, a national nonprofit focused on reducing grade crossing incidents and promoting rail safety.

  • The train you see is closer and faster moving than you think.
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.
  • Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly.
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping.
  • If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle.
  • At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
  • When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.
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