UPDATE: Woman struck and killed by Brightline train ruled a suicide


UPDATE: The death of an 18-year-old woman struck and killed by a Brightline train on Monday afternoon was ruled a suicide, Boca Raton police spokeswoman Jessica Desir said.

The train was traveling southbound at around 2:30 p.m. Monday when it hit the woman, Desir said.

There is no fencing in the area to keep people out of the railroad’s right of way.

Brightline is set to launch service between West Palm Beach and Miami later this summer. In preparation for the start of service, the company has been working to promote train safety.

SPECIAL REPORT: Death On The Tracks

Last month, Brightline officials held a train safety workshop for police officers, firefighters and other emergency workers from Broward and Palm Beach counties. 

Brightline in April launched a safety campaign designed to warn students and those living near the Florida East Coast Railway corridor about the dangers of walking along train tracks.

ORIGINAL POST: A woman was struck and killed by a Brightline train Monday afternoon as it traveled through Boca Raton on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, a police spokeswoman said.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. between 20th and 28th Streets near Dixie Highway. It is being investigated as an apparent suicide, Boca Raton Police spokeswoman Jessica Desir said.

Desir said she did not know which direction the train was traveling in when it struck the woman, whose name was not released by police.

Brightline said Monday it is working with authorities as they investigate.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected,” the company said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the local authorities as they complete their investigation.”

Brightline is set to launch service between West Palm Beach and Miami later this summer. In preparation for the start of its service, the company has been testing its trains along the FEC line.

The company’s trains are housed at its rail yard just north of West Palm Beach.



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