2 injured, 1 escape unharmed after SUV pulls up on Miami train tracks

MIAMI – A Brightline train struck an SUV that was parked on the train tracks in Miami on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The incident happened just before 8:30 a.m. in the area of ​​North Miami Avenue and 20th Street.

According to the Miami Police Department, one person in the vehicle was able to exit the car before the train hit it.

Miami Fire Rescue officials confirmed that two other adults were transported in the vehicle to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A Brightline representative said no injuries were reported on board the train.

(City of Miami Fire Department)

“Whoever was at fault today always treats a railroad track like a train is coming,” said Pete Sanchez, Lt. the Miami Fire Department. “Please don’t try to climb the guardrails, please don’t walk across the tracks when you see a train coming because you think you can climb it because it could be a tragedy. They were very lucky in this accident today.”

Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva said investigators are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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“We are asking anyone who may have seen anything to come forward and send us that information,” she said.

The crash came exactly two weeks after a man and his sister were killed by a Brightline train after authorities said the man drove around the lowered gates.

In that case, authorities said Marc Charleus, 68, was driving his sister, Veronique Chaleus, 58, to work as he walked around the gates as the train approached.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “The two leading causes of death in rail travel in the United States have nothing to do with operating or riding a train. Instead, hundreds of people lose their lives on train tracks every year through trespassing or suicide.”

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(City of Miami Fire Department)

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