Authorities say a man has been hit and killed by a Brightline high speed train in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County.
The Delray Beach Police Department announced on Twitter that a pedestrian was hit Sunday by a northbound Brightline train about 100 feet (30 meters) south of a crossing. The pedestrian died at the scene, police say, adding they are seeking any witnesses.
At 12:47 p.m. a northbound Brightline train struck a pedestrian approximately 100 feet south of the Southeast 4th Street crossing. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by DBPD. Any witnesses are urged to call DBPD Det. Joseph Hart 243-7800.
— Delray Beach Police (@DelrayBeachPD) April 8, 2018
Authorities say the pedestrian was the fourth person struck and killed by a high speed train since service began between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach earlier this year. Three others were hit and survived.
The man, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Delray Beach police did not describe the circumstances that led to the man’s death, and said it was too soon to say whether Sunday’s incident was a suicide, but some of the previous Brightline deaths have been ruled as suicides. But a Brightline spokesperson said in an emailed statement said that “from initial information gathered, it appears today’s incident was a suicide” and that they continue to work with the local authorities.
Train officials said last month that they’ve stepped up safety measures, warning people that this train travels faster than other trains that pass through the area.
Brightline can travel at speeds up to 79 mph. For the time being, its service is only between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Brightline will begin service to Miami later this year. with plans for Orlando in the near future
Man Struck and Killed by High Speed Train in Delray Beach