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Brightline train kills pedestrian in Boynton Beach

Posted at 9:37 PM, Jan 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-13 13:53:55-05

A female pedestrian was struck and killed by a Brightline train Friday evening, according to the Boynton Beach Police. 

The incident happened at 6:25 p.m. at 600 North FEC.

Officials say the train was traveling north on the Florida East Coast Railway when the crash happened. 

 Boynton Beach police identified the woman as 32-year old Melissa Lavell.

Police say after speaking with witnesses, it appears that Lavell was crossing the tracks after the guard rails were in the down position in an attempt to make it across before the train approached.

The high-speed train is scheduled to begin service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale Saturday morning. 

No one on the train was injured.

Brightline released the following statement: 

Brightline’s team is cooperating with local authorities. This is a tragic incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We continue to stress safety and the adherence to the rules and laws in place around active railroads.  – Brightline spokesperson