Woman struck, killed by Brightline train

Woman Struck Killed by Brightline High Speed Train in Boynton Beach

A female pedestrian was struck and killed by a Brightline train Friday evening, according to the Boynton Beach Police.

Officials say the train was traveling north on the Florida East Coast Railway when the crash happened.

Michael Hicks, a spokesman for Brightline, released a statement saying the company was cooperating with local authorities. "Certainly, safety is our top priority and when these [incidents] occur, as they do, we're prepared".

A Brightline employee informed the passengers there had been a "trespasser incident" during their two-hour wait on the tracks.

"It's very important that the community understands how to behave and act around railroads", Goddard said.

Update 9:50 a.m.: The woman struck by the Brightline train Friday night has been identified as Melissa Lavell, 32.

The high-speed train began service in South Florida on Saturday running between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. "There are laws against [trespassing] and that's critical". The diesel-electric train system, which features leather seats, power outlets and free Wi-Fi, provides service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. In November, another woman was killed on the tracks in Deerfield Beach.

Brightline, a privately funded train line, began regular service Saturday with initial fares at $10 to $15 a ride. "It doesn't appear suspicious", Oglesby said.

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