Miami-Dade County

Man struck and killed by Amtrak train; Tri-Rail commuters should expect delays

A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Monday afternoon, causing significant delays for Tri-Rail trains.

The man was trespassing on the tracks just south of the Golden Glades Tri-Rail station around 12:30 p.m. when he was hit by the train, said Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold.

Arnold said it would have been “virtually impossible” for the train to stop in time to avoid the accident because it was a large train, larger than the average three-car Tri-Rail commuter train.

“Trains that long can take over a mile to stop, depending on what speed they’re traveling,” she said.

The Amtrak train, number 92, was the Silver Star line and was ultimately headed to New York. Arnold said there were 48 people on board.

The train managed to stop after the man was struck, and Arnold said homicide detectives arrived at about 3:30 p.m. She said investigations typically take about two hours, and all commuters should seek alternate routes of transportation for their commute home on Tri-Rail.

Miami-Dade police are handling the investigation.