Broward County

Pedestrian struck by Tri-Rail in Broward; trains delayed for hours

Fort Lauderdale Police investigate the scene of a fatal crash between a Tri-Rail train and a pedestrian on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Northwest 23rd Street.
Fort Lauderdale Police investigate the scene of a fatal crash between a Tri-Rail train and a pedestrian on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Northwest 23rd Street. Sun Sentinel

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a southbound Tri-Rail train near Fort Lauderdale Sunday afternoon, causing several hours of delays.

Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold said that the crash with a “pedestrian trespasser” happened at 1:39 p.m., south of Oakland Park Boulevard at Northwest 19th Street.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office responded and is investigating the accident. No passengers were injured, but about 150 riders were forced to exit the train and wait for another one or take buses to their destinations.

Riders were told of the delays at the Fort Lauderdale airport station, and many scrambled to get rides or take buses and cabs.

By 6 p.m., Arnold said the train schedules were getting back to normal.

“The delays were significant,” she said. “That train was taken out of service, and others had to repositioned.”

Northbound trains were delayed up to 80 minutes, Arnold said.

Additional information was supplied by the Sun Sentinel.

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