Florida’s new high-speed train has killed a fourth person since the passenger service began earlier this year, and five in total since testing began last year.
The most recent incident took place in Delray Beach on Sunday when a pedestrian was struck by a northbound Brightline train near a crossing, Fox News reported.
The unnamed man was pronounced dead at the scene and while exact details surrounding his death remain unclear, the Delray Police Department said it was seeking witnesses with further information.
At 12:47 p.m. a northbound Brightline train struck a pedestrian approximately 100 feet south of the Southeast 4th Street crossing. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by DBPD. Any witnesses are urged to call DBPD Det. Joseph Hart 243-7800.
— Delray Beach Police (@DelrayBeachPD) April 8, 2018
Meanwhile, Brightline officials believe the death was a suicide.
“From initial information gathered it appears today’s incident was a suicide,” a company spokesperson said, according to the Palm Beach Post, adding that Brightline was working with the local authorities.
According to the report, there have been five fatal incidents involving the high-speed train service that have occurred since the service began testing last year, four of which have taken place since the train officially opened its service to the public at the start of the year.
The first incident involved an 18-year-old woman who was killed last July in Boca Raton during testing.
Other incidents involved a man on a bicycle and a woman on foot, who were both killed less than a week apart in Boynton Beach in January.
There have also been several reported injuries, prompting many to question the safety of the train’s service.
Earlier this year U.S. Rep. Brian Mast called for the company’s shutdown pending a safety investigation while U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson requested a federal investigation of the various accidents and made recommendations for preventative measures, according to The Star Tribune.
Last month train officials said they had stepped up safety measures and warned community members that the train, which travels over 70 mph, traveled faster than other trains.
“We implore the public to be patient and not circumvent the safety devices in place to keep you safe,” said Patrick Goddard, Brightline’s COO and president, according to Fox News. “Your life is worth more than waiting a few extra seconds for a train to pass.”
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