Tuesday, November 28

Brightline train hits and kills person in Delray Beach, police say

On the same day Brightline started service from South Florida to Orlando, one of the company’s trains fatally struck a person in Delray Beach on Friday morning, authorities said.

The Delray Beach Police Department said just after 7 a.m. that officers are investigating a deadly crash between a Brightline train and pedestrian at Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast 4th Street.

Ted White, the public information officer for the Delray Beach Police Department, said a person crossing the southbound tracks was struck and killed by the train.

White said it appears to be a suicide.

The Brightline train involved in Friday’s deadly wreck is not the same train that’s part of the inaugural ride to Central Florida.

That train departed Miami at 6:50 a.m. It was scheduled to arrive in West Palm Beach at 7:45 a.m., then depart for Orlando International Airport about 15 minutes later. However, the fatal crash in Delray Beach has delayed the route.

A passenger on the Brightline involved in the wreck told WPTV the train was heading southbound and had departed from West Palm Beach.

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