MiamiHerald / The person injured by a Brightline train in Wilton Manors on Thursday walked onto the Florida Eastcoast Railway train tracks and lied in between the tracks as the train approached, Brightline said in a statement Friday morning. The unidentified person was taken to Broward General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Jennifer Bickhardt, a spokeswoman for Wilton Manors police.
Brightline said the incident did not take place at a grade crossing, and that it appeared to be an “intentional act.”
“Based on witness reports, this was an intentional act by an individual who laid on the tracks before the train approached,” said a Brightline spokesman. “We appreciate the work of our team and first responders who acted quickly to remove him safely.”
Thursday marked the sixth crash involving the South Florida passenger rail line since it began testing its trains last year.