‘Stay off train tracks’: Brightline video shows car that was cut in 2

Brightline released a video recorded from a high-speed train that struck a car and injured a man on Wednesday morning in Palm Beach County.

The man was injured shortly before 6 a.m., at Railroad Avenue, in Lake Worth Beach, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The impact cut his car in two.

“This is a tragic reminder of the need to be safe around active railroad tracks,” Vanessa Alfonso, a spokeswoman for Brightline, wrote in a statement.

Alfonso also said the company “implores drivers and pedestrians to stay off train tracks.” The video, she said, shows the driver in Lake Worth Beach “deliberately” drove around the gates.

“We are releasing this video as an opportunity to educate the public on the dangers of driving around crossing gates. This behavior is incredibly dangerous, irresponsible and tragic.”

A train struck a car killing one person on Sunday in Palm Beach County. A woman and a 3-month-old baby managed to get out of a car before a train struck it on Tuesday in Delray Beach.

Also on Tuesday, a Brightline train struck and killed a pedestrian in Hallandale Beach. On Thursday, a train struck and killed a person in Hollywood and another train struck a vehicle in Aventura.

Complete raw Jan. 16 video (65 seconds)

Alfonso also shared a list of tips by Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization that promotes rail safety.

The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think.Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly.Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping.If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle.At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.Always expect a train!Read More


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