According to Delray Beach Police, a man was killed by a Brightline train on Sunday. The latest death brings the total number of fatalities to at least the six since the company began trialing its expanded South Florida services of the higher-speed trains in 2017.
The identity of the man who was pronounced dead at the scene has not yet been released. Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed or has information about the event to call Detective Joseph Hart at 561-243-7800.
Authorities say it is too early in the investigation to determine whether or not the death was self-provoked, but a spokesperson for Brightline says it appears the incident was a suicide. The company also stated in an email that they are working closely with authorities.
Brightline recently announced that it would begin scheduling test runs of their trains – that can reach speeds of up to 79 mph – this week as part of its efforts to expand their services to Miami. The higher-speed trains have approval to expand routes from Orlando to Miami.
Services from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale began in January. While many of the recent train-related deaths were ruled as suicides, Brightline has come under scrutiny for the spike in fatalities. The company has also been required to put into place additional safety measures aimed at reducing injury/death.