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Florida high-speed rail deaths rise to 57 in 5 years

Posted at 4:04 PM, Feb 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-16 16:04:54-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's higher-speed passenger trains killed one person and seriously injured another in separate collisions less than 12 hours apart.

The accidents Tuesday night and Wednesday morning are the latest in a spate of fatal and serious collisions plaguing the Brightline trains since the railroad resumed operations in November.

Police say a pedestrian was killed after walking in front of a train Tuesday night. That was the 57th death involving the railroad since its launch five years ago. A Brightline video shows a driver going around a crossing gate into the path of the train on Wednesday.