Last Thursday, December 30 around 6 a.am, a collision leaving two people dead in Aventura, Florida after a train collided with their car. Surveillance video shows the car going around railroad crossing gates and temporarily being trapped on the tracks before being struck by the train. The automobile was partially covered by a tarp, which normally suggests a fatality. Police have not disclosed the identity of the two people slain since their relatives have not yet been contacted.
While no vehicle should go under barriers, having so many level crossings in a big urban area on a commuter train that aspires to operate a high-speed service appears to be a hazard. The Aventura crash scene is in a rather busy area, less than a mile from Aventura Hospital and Gulfstream Park horse track and casino.
The crash was caused directly by the driver’s conduct, according to Brightline. It’s tough to argue with the assertion based on the video evidence. Brightline has installed its own camera system to monitor railroad crossings in North Miami Beach as part of an attempt to improve safety at railroad crossings.