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FLORIDA – Authorities say a Brightline train struck and killed a pedestrian, adding to the death toll since the high-speed rail line resumed operations in South Florida.

Media reports say police in Hollywood, Florida are investigating the death. The crash happened Saturday night a short distance from a homeless shelter in Hollywood, where there are no pedestrian intersections for half a mile, but there are small no-walk signs alongside the tracks.

Brightline has the worst death rate in the country, according to an ongoing Associated Press analysis of Federal Railroad Administration data that began in 2019.

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Its trains have fatally struck 59 people since testing began in 2017, an average of about one death every 33,000 miles.

Central Florida’s SunRail has the second-worst rate among railroads operating at least 100,000 miles (about 161,000 kilometers) a year: its trains have fatally struck someone every 105,000 miles since 2017. More than 800 railroads operate in the United States.

Last month, federal safety officials met with local government officials and representatives from Brightline and other rail lines to find ways to reduce the number of deaths. The Federal Railroad Administration called the meeting.

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None of the deaths have been found to be the fault of the Florida railroads or their crews. Most have been caused by drivers walking through doors, pedestrians trying to beat trains, and suicides.


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