A woman and three month old baby are lucky to be alive after the vehicle they were traveling in was hit by a Brightline train Tuesday in Delray Beach at Southwest 10th Street and South Swinton Avenue at about 6:30 a.m.
Police say the woman walked away from the car which was stuck on the tracks to get help leaving the child inside.
The woman reportedly left the vehicle with a 3-month-old baby inside to walk down the street and knock on people’s doors, police said.
According to WPBF, “The people down the street told police she said a man was after her, but police said they think she may have been having a mental health episode because no man has been located.”
Fortunately, neither the woman nor the baby were not in the vehicle when it was hit, Delray Beach fire crews said. The vehicle was pushed 200 yards down the tracks and the area was cordoned off.
There were no injuries.
Police said they believe the vehicle was on the tracks “for some time” before the train came.
The Florida Department of Children and Families was called for the child. The woman will be Baker Acted.
On Sunday afternoon a vehicle was struck by a train at 17th Ave. North and F Street, leaving one person dead.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s are currently investigating the cause of the crash.
More than 50 people have died in crashes involving Brightline trains in the rail line’s history, many of them motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists who either misjudged the trains’ speeds or ignored lowered gates, sounds or other warnings.
The last two months saw three Brightline crashes, one involving a pedestrian in Boynton Beach who was killed, another in which three people were hurt in a car in Lantana, and in Broward County, two people were killed in Hallandale Beach when a car that drove around the traffic gates was hit by a train.