Brightline train hits 4th person in South Florida

Posted at 5:31 AM, Feb 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 08:37:09-05

WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) — A fourth person has been hit by a new high-speed train that began providing service last month in Florida.

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The Sun Sentinel reports that a man was taken to a Fort Lauderdale hospital Thursday night. Police say the man appears to have suffered a broken arm when a Brightline train hit him in Wilton Manors. Authorities didn't immediately say how the man was hit.

A man riding a bicycle around the crossing gate was killed by a Brightline train on Jan. 17 in Boynton Beach, and a woman who ducked under the gate was killed a week earlier. Another pedestrian survived being hit by the train last month.

Brightline has put out multiple statements urging people not to race the train.

Brightline released the following statement Friday morning: 

“Based on witness reports, this was an intentional act by an individual who laid on the tracks before the train approached. We appreciate the work of our team and first responders who acted quickly to remove him safely." 

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