Florida driver killed after being struck by high speed train

Authorities warn against trying to beat the train, noting it could take up to a mile for a train to stop once the emergency brakes are applied.
The unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene. [Associated Press]
The unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene. [Associated Press]
Published August 26
Updated August 26

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — A Florida driver has died after being struck by a high-speed train, at least the 16th person killed on that line this year.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says the driver was struck by the Brightline passenger train on Sunday morning in Pompano Beach. The unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Federal Railroad Administration records show that 11 people were killed by Brightline trains between Jan. 1 and May 31. Media reports show five more deaths since then. Many are suicides while others are people trying to beat the trains, which can exceed speeds of 70 mph.

Authorities warn against trying to beat the train, noting it could take up to a mile for a train to stop once the emergency brakes are applied.

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