Brightline: Train crashes into car in Aventura after driver goes around lowered gates

A car paused on the train tracks in Aventura Thursday morning before being struck by a Brightline train, surveillance video shows.

AVENTURA, Fla. – A blue car was left mangled on the other side of the street after it was struck by a Brightline train Thursday morning.

The crash occurred around 6 a.m. in the 21000 block of East Dixie Highway in Aventura.

According to a Brightline spokesperson, the driver drove around the gates, which were down and had flashing lights and bells ringing, “signaling an approaching train.”

Surveillance video from a laundromat near Southeast 10th Street and Dixie Highway captured the incident.

In the video, the car is seen sitting behind the crossing gates before driving around them. The car paused on the tracks before being struck by the train.

Police covered the car with a tarp and towed it away, but did not confirm whether the people inside were killed or injured. No injuries were reported onboard the train.

Renard Hayes lives nearby and told Local 10 News reporter Parker Branton that he sees people try to beat the train all too often.

“The gates will come down and guys will go right through them and go about their business,” he said.


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