AVENTURA, Fla. ( Associated Press) – A train belonging to Florida’s high-speed passenger rail service rammed a car around railroad crossing gates early Thursday near Miami, officials said.
The crossing gate lights were flashing and bells were ringing, indicating an approaching train at Aventura, north of Miami, at about 6 a.m.
After the accident, the blue car was left bleeding on the other side of the road. It was not immediately known what happened to the occupants of the car, but officials said no one on the Brightline train was injured.
“This was a tragic incident and the direct result of a man driving around gates that were down, flashing and ringing bells, signaling an oncoming train,” Brightline said in a statement. said in.
Trains started running again recently After being shut down at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
A man walking on the tracks in North Miami Beach died earlier this month when he was hit by a Brightline train. It was at least the 49th train attached to a Brightline train since the Miami to West Palm Beach line opened in mid-2017.
an associated press exam Federal records show that the Brightline has more deaths per mile than any US railroad, one for every 31,000 miles (50,000 km). Since 2018, an average of about 1,200 people are hit by trains in the United States annually.
None of the Brightline deaths have been blamed on its equipment or crew. Investigations revealed that most of the victims were either suicidal, drunk, mentally ill or at a crossroads attempting to defeat trains traveling at 79 mph (128 km/h) in densely populated areas. Had gone around the obstacles.