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Man struck and killed by Brightline train in Boynton Beach

Posted at 4:40 PM, Aug 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-08 13:24:25-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — A 67-year-old man was fatally struck by a Brightline train in Boynton Beach Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened at around 2 p.m. at the railroad crossing near MLK Jr. Blvd. and Federal Hwy.

Boyton Beach Police say Rodney Bondanella walked around the crossing gates when he was struck by a train traveling 65 mph.

His death has been ruled an accident.

Brightline train on tracks after fatal crash in Delray Beach, Aug. 2, 2022
A Brightline train is stopped on the railroad tracks near Southeast Eighth Street and Southeast First Avenue after a fatal crash, Aug. 2, 2022, in Delray Beach, Fla.

This is the second time in less than a week a man has been struck and killed by a Brightline train.

On Tuesday, a man died while walking across the tracks in Delray Beach.

In January 2020, an Associated Press analysis found that Brightline had the worst death rate per mile of any railroad in the country.

Investigators, however, found that none of the deaths were the railroad's fault, determining that many were suicides or drivers or pedestrians trying to beat the trains.