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Brightline train kills pedestrian in Boynton Beach

Brightline train kills pedestrian in Boynton Beach

Melissa Lavell, 31 of Boynton Beach, was crossing the tracks after the guard rails were in the down position, in an attempt to make it across the tracks before the train approached, according to a post on the Boynton Beach police department's Facebook page.

No one on board the train was injured.

Earlier in the day, Brightline officials hosted local media outlets and other representatives to display its new high-speed train service.

Police were called to the scene at around 6:25 p.m. It will expand south and north to take passengers from Miami to Orlando.

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The train was running smoothly when it made an abrupt stop, a passenger said.

Passengers were transferred to buses and taken to West Palm Beach.

Mike Reininger, Brightline's executive director, told the Miami Herald late Friday that the company has "no comment right now". A woman was struck in July in Boca Raton in a case that was investigated as a suicide, and another woman was hit on the tracks in Deerfield Beach in November.

The death investigation is ongoing at this time.


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