(WEST PALM BEACH, Florida)– Yet another person was struck and killed by a train in West Palm Beach.
A man crossing the train tracks at Summit Boulevard between Easy Street and Dreher Train North, right near the Palm Beach Zoo was killed by a Tri-Rail train, according to West Palm Beach police.
Passengers aboard the train recall seeing a medical examiner’s vehicle arriving at the scene around 11:00 am and observed authorities removing a body from the tracks.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the victim was struck by a northbound train while crossing the tracks.
The West Palm Beach police have declared the death to be a suicide.
Steven Abrams, the executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees Tri-Rail, said “Sadly, many of the trespasser incidents are suicides. People with substance abuse, in addition to people trying to beat the train,”
Floridians are concerned about the growing number of railroad-related deaths and are asking what lawmakers might be doing to handle the issue.
Last week saw 4 people killed by trains in Palm Beach County.
Education about railroads and how they operate is essential to decreasing the number of fatalities, according to transportation experts and new safety measures are being implemented nearly every month.
The 211 helpline is a measure put in place to offer help for mental health issues and natural disasters for residents in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Those who are concerned for themselves, friends, or loved ones, are encouraged to call.