AVENUTRA, Fla. – A Brightline train collided with a vehicle on the tracks in Aventura on Monday afternoon.
Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the driver of the gray sedan going around a white SUV, and then onto the tracks and into the path of the train. It appears the driver drove on the westbound lane against traffic, and around the eastbound gate, which appeared to be down.
Aventura police were at the scene of the collision that took place just after 3 p.m. along 21500 E. Dixie Highway, right at the border between Hallandale Beach and Aventura.
Parts of the vehicle, including what appears to be its engine and transmission, could be seen scattered across the street.
Witnesses say the driver, who has not yet been identified, was able to walk away from the accident and was transported to an area hospital.
“I heard the noise and the impact, and I ran out and I saw her coming out from the car, sitting on the grass and everybody coming and helping her. Thank God she’s OK. Seems to be. Then I called the police,” said a witness.
The vehicle has since been towed away from the scene.
In recent months, several drivers have been trying to beat the safety gates. Last week, passengers were stuck on a Brightline train for more than two hours, after it collided with a tractor trailer transporting a Tesla.
Officials asked drivers to seek an alternate route.
#AventuraPolice *** TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT*** The Aventura Police Department is currently working a Train vs Vehicle Crash in the area of 21500 E Dixie Hwy. At this time there are no reports of a fatality. Please use an alternate route. Thank you for your patience. @cityofaventura pic.twitter.com/htPDIGkRqV— Aventura Police (@aventurapolice) April 4, 2022