Brightline not affected by overturned car on West Palm track


The sight of a car overturned on the tracks for Brightline passenger and Florida East Coast freight trains Friday night may have had passersby thinking the vehicle might have collided with a train, but that was not the case, police say.

The car overturned because of “basically a car accident,” according to West Palm Beach Police Sgt. Dave Lefont. “No injuries. Everyone was fine.”

The accident occurred at around 7:15 p.m. Saturday on the track at Fern Street and Quadrille Boulevard, he said. That’s one block south of the Brightline station in downtown West Palm Beach.

The accident did not impact Brightline operations, said Ali Soule, spokesperson for the privately owned speedy train service, which launched in January.

This year, Brightline tracks have seen more than one tragedy. Within one week of January, a bicyclist and a pedestrian were killed as they crossed the tracks in Boynton Beach. Previous crashes during test runs killed two others, a 35-year-old woman in Deerfield Beach and an 18-year-old woman in Boca Raton (that death was ruled a suicide).



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