Man struck, killed by Brightline train in Delray Beach

It's fourth time this year someone has been killed by Brightline train

By Tim Swift - Digital Editor

A man was struck and killed by a Brightline train at the Southeast Fourth Street crossing in Delray Beach.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A man was struck and killed by a Brightline train Sunday in Delray Beach -- the fourth person killed by the high-speed line this year.

A spokeswoman for the Delray Beach Police Department said the train hit the man just after 12:30 p.m. near the Southeast Fourth Street crossing. 

The man, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not describe the circumstances that led to the man's death.

Three other pedestrians have been killed and at least two people have been hurt by the trains since the high-speed service debuted in January.

Two other people were killed by Brightline trains last year during test runs for the high-speed commuter rail line. 

In response, the company has pledged to increase safety measures at crossings, but stressed the trains weren't to blame for the incidents. In several cases, pedestrians ignored warning lights and safety gates to cross the tracks as the trains approached. 

Some of the cases have been described by authorities as suicides or suicide attempts. 

The train, which can travel at speeds up to 79 mph, will begin service to Miami later this year. The company plans to eventually connect its South Florida stops to Orlando.

Witnesses are asked to contact Detective Joseph Hart at 561-243-7800.

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