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1 killed in collision between vehicle, Brightline train in Lake Worth Beach

Train crashes into car near 17th Avenue North, F Street
Posted at 6:31 PM, Feb 13, 2022

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — One person is dead Sunday after a Brightline train crashed into a vehicle in Lake Worth Beach.

The crash happened about 4 p.m.

"It was a Brightline [train], and normally you hear it blow the horn when it's going," said Loriann Rimarcik, who lives in Lake Worth Beach and saw the crash happen. "But it was like you could tell something was about to happen."

The crash occurred at 17th Avenue North and F Street.

"The second I came out, I just happened to look up and the train was going north, and the SUV was trying to beat the train," Rimarcik said.

The crash killed one person inside the vehicle.

"The community out here really tried to help. A bunch of people went over to try to help them," said Philip Lynch, who lives in Lake Worth Beach. "I wish we could've did more. I wish things would've went differently and we could've at least pulled somebody out."

As investigators work to figure out what caused the wreck, neighbors have a warning.

"Just educate the people, because you have to stay off the tracks," Lynch said. "It's not worth it. Getting a few minutes is not worth you losing your life. It's really not."

The roadway along the tracks was closed off for more than four hours before reopening.