Broward County, Florida – For the second time in a week, a Brightline train has been involved in a collision, this time with a car in Broward County. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Dixie Highway. Emergency response units from the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue were dispatched to the scene, where they found a white Lexus severely damaged under the front of the train.
The Brightline train, reportedly traveling over 100 miles per hour, collided with the vehicle under circumstances that are still being investigated. As of Wednesday morning, there has been no report of injuries or fatalities from this incident. As first responders handled the aftermath and started an investigation, they cordoned off the area around the railroad tracks on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard Road and West Atlantic Boulevard.
Growing Concerns Over Train Safety
This recent crash follows closely behind another similar incident in Martin County and comes amid increased scrutiny of the Brightline service. In recent weeks, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team to Melbourne, FL, to probe into two fatal crashes at the same crossing within a span of three days. The Brightline service, operational since 2018, has faced numerous challenges, including pedestrian fatalities and vehicle collisions.
Pending Investigation and Report
The NTSB has announced that a preliminary report on their findings regarding the recent series of accidents is expected to be released in February. This report is eagerly awaited as it may provide insights into the safety measures and operational protocols of the high-speed rail service.
In light of these incidents, there is growing concern over the safety of Brightline’s operations, particularly at crossings and intersections. These repeated accidents underscore the need for enhanced safety measures and awareness campaigns to prevent future tragedies involving the high-speed rail service.