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A bicyclist tried to beat a Virgin train across the tracks. The train was faster

Brightline brings new ways to beat traffic

Brightline launched its first train route from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, bringing new commuting options that the rail line said will alleviate traffic hassles for commuters.
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Brightline launched its first train route from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, bringing new commuting options that the rail line said will alleviate traffic hassles for commuters.

A bicyclist was struck and killed Tuesday morning by a Virgin USA train in Pompano Beach.

It happened in the 3300 block of North Dixie Highway on the Florida East Coast railroad tracks, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. A section of 33rd Street was briefly closed during the investigation.

Witnesses told deputies the man crossed the tracks — trying to beat the train — when he was struck. He died at the rail crossing.

An identity has not been released.

More than a dozen pedestrians have been killed by the trains, formerly known as Brightline, began test runs in South Florida in 2017. A man was also taken to the hospital as a trauma alert in June after he walked into the side of a train just north of the Miami-Dade/Broward county line.

Surveillance video from the front of the Brightline train shows the crossing gates were down when the train struck and killed a Boynton Beach man as he rode his bicycle across tracks in Boynton Beach on January 19, 2018.

A pickup truck driver takes on a Brightline train in Deerfield Beach and crosses tracks seconds before the train arrives.

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