The first-ever Brightline train leaving from Miami was delayed roughly 30 minutes due to a collision that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

The sold-out inaugural high(er)-speed train was just about to leave the station when another Brightline train hit and killed a pedestrian near Delray Beach on the southbound tracks. Brightline trains travel up to 79 mph in urban areas and 110-125 mph in rural areas where there are less interactions with roadways.

Brightline has had 98 incidences of pedestrian fatalities since the launch of the Miami-West Palm train service in 2018. It is illegal to walk on train tracks unless at a designated crossing.

Brendan O'Connor

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