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Woman on Tracks Struck and Killed by Brightline Train

A woman was struck and killed by a Brightline train on one of the first runs Friday evening, for the privately-run South Florida inter-city train


Officials identified the woman as 32-year-old Melissa Lavell. Boyton Beach Police said she crossed the tracks after the guard rails were lowered, trying to make it across the tracks as the train approached. Few other details were available. Officials said no one else was injured. The Brightline train was on a preview ride Friday night, carrying invited passengers from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach Post reported Saturday that regular service started smoothly Saturday despite Friday night’s tragedy.

A spokesman for Brightline told The Miami Herald that Brightline would continue to stress safety and adherence to rules and laws around active railroads.

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