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Tri-Rail hits car in West Palm Beach; Driver charged with DUI

Posted at 4:57 AM, May 10, 2017

A driver faces charges of driving under the influence after a southbound Tri-Rail train hit a car early Wednesday morning at Tamarind Avenue and Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach. 

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Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold said the driver suffered minor injuries when the wreck happened at 4:09 a.m.


Police said the 45-year-old man, whose name has not been released, attempted to drive his Honda around the railroad stop bars. He was later taken into custody.

Eastbound and westbound lanes were closed for about two hours, but all lanes were back open just before 6:15 a.m.

As of 6:20 a.m., trains are running again, but there is still a 30-minute delay for passengers between West Palm and Lake Worth. There are no delays for stops south of Lake Worth.

West Palm Beach police said the driver did not possess a valid driver's license and only had in his possession a foreign identification from Honduras.

Officials had previously said the driver was a woman.