Deadly accident in Fort Lauderdale causes Tri-Rail delays

 Two people were killed Friday morning when the motorcycle they were on went off a highway ramp and landed on the CSX Railroad tracks below.

According to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky, operators from CSX called the Broward Sheriff's Office about 6:40 a.m. to report two bodies on the railroad tracks below the highway system.

What time the crash happened wasn't immediately known.

"It appeared that a motorcycle flew off one of the exit ramps from southbound 95 to westbound 595," Wysocky said. How far the motorcycle and its passengers fell was still being investigated.

A male and female were on the motorcycle. They were not struck by any trains, officials said.

The incident was expected to affect passengers using the Tri-Rail commuter system for the rest of Friday morning, according to spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold.

"We're advising people to seek alternate means of transportation," Arnold said.

Tri-Rail is operating, but was experiencing hour-long delays throughout the system.

The tracks in the area where the bodies landed were closed until shortly after 10 a.m. CSX and Amtrak trains were not able to pass through.

During the track closure, a bus bridge was set up to ferry passengers between Tri-Rail's airport station, near Griffin Road and I-95 and the downtown Fort Lauderdale station near Broward Boulevard and I-95.

Drivers were also being delayed on southbound I-95 to the access ramp for westbound I-595 because one lane was closed by investigators.

The identities of the two people killed has not been released.

Incidents of motorcycles leaving roadways and falling considerable distances are unusual but not unheard of.

"We've had probably four or five other instances when these bikes have gone over these walls," Wysocky said.

While the cause of Friday's fatal crash was still being investigated, Wysocky said most of the previous incidents were due to speeding.

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