NEW: Police ID Broward man who survived being hit by Brightline train


Fort Lauderdale police identified Steven Amoruso, 55, of Deerfield Beach as the man who survived being struck by a Brightline train last week.

The train was traveling at a speed of 35-40 mph through the rail crossing of Northeast Third Avenue when it struck Amoruso on Friday evening, according to a police report.

The crossing gates were down and the warning lights were flashing at the time of the crash, the report said. Amoruso crossed over two of the three sets of train tracks on the Florida East Coast Railway line before being hit by the northbound train.

RELATED: Boynton Police release video of Brightline train hitting cyclist

Amoruso was taken to Broward General Medical Center. He suffered fractures to his left leg and pelvis and lacerations to his head, according to the report.

Since Jan. 12, the day before the company began shuttling paying passengers, Brightline’s trains have hit three people. In all three incidents, police said those struck did not heed warning lights and crossing gates positioned at the intersections.

On Jan. 17, 51-year-old Jeffrey King was hit and killed by a northbound Brightline train when he pedaled his bicycle around the gates near the FEC crossing about 4:30 p.m. on Ocean Avenue.

On Jan. 12, 32-year-old Melissa Lavell was hit and killed near the intersection of Northeast Sixth Avenue in Boynton Beach. Witnesses told police she attempted to beat the train when the gates were down.



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