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Brightline train struck and killed a man in Delray Beach

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(DELRAY BEACH, FLA) — Delray Beach police say a man was struck and killed by a Brightline train Tuesday morning while crossing the tracks in a no trespassing area.

The accident occurred around 9 a.m. near Southeast 8th Street and Southeast First 1st and left the victim dead at the scene.

Ted White, a spokesman for the Delray Police Department said, “It’s a very deadly situation to try and beat a train, whether you’re walking or you’re in a vehicle,”

White also said, “This was an area where a pedestrian was not supposed to be, an area where there was a path that clearly had no trespassing markings all around the area.”

Brightline and the Florida Department of Transportation are currently working on a $45 million plan to decrease railroad crossing accidents.

Brightline opened for service in 2018 and since then, 16 fatal accidents have occurred in Palm Beach County after pedestrians and vehicle operators were struck by one of their trains.

According to investigators, Brightline is not at fault for the deaths as they were a result of individuals committing suicide and motorists attempting to beat the train.