A Tri-Rail train conductor saw a horrible thing on his regular Wednesday morning run, he told police.
The conductor saw a man and a woman embrace, then lay down on the tracks he was barreling toward, near the 300 block of North Congress Avenue.
“He immediately hit the brakes,” Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Dani Moschella said. “Unfortunately, you can’t stop a train on a dime.”
Brandon Weiner and Mary Ann Ortega, both 29, were taken to Delray Medical Center, where they remain in “extremely critical condition,” she said.
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Investigators said the couple were homeless. They told a Boynton Beach officer two weeks ago they fell on hard times, according to the Sun Sentinel, when he found them by a dumpster and arrested Weiner on a heroin possession charge.
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