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Homeless couple hugged before lying on train tracks in suicide attempt

A homeless couple attempted suicide on the Tri-Rail tracks in Delray Wednesday morning, police said. The 29-year-olds are in “extremely critical” condition.
A homeless couple attempted suicide on the Tri-Rail tracks in Delray Wednesday morning, police said. The 29-year-olds are in “extremely critical” condition.

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.

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.

If you or someone you know is considering self harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7: 1-800-273-8255

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