Woman Struck, Killed by Brightline High-Speed Train in Boynton Beach

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Witnesses say it appears that Lavell was crossing the tracks after the guard rails were in the down position in an attempt to make it across before the train approached.

Police said they responded to the scene, along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, at 6:25 p.m.

On the same day of an invitation-only media preview event, a Brightline high-speed train on Friday struck and killed a woman, the Boynton Beach Police Department said.

Brightline described the most recent fatality as a "tragic" incident.


"Brightline's team is cooperating with local authorities".

The death investigation is ongoing at this time. In November, another woman was killed on the tracks in Deerfield Beach.

The accident takes place hours before the official debut of the route that will take passengers from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach at speeds as high as 70 miles per hour. Miami police said O'Connell, who worked for a Metrorail contractor, was off duty and taking pictures at the site. He fell 30 feet but survived with back injuries. A third leg, linking West Palm Beach to Orlando, is due to begin construction later this year.

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