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Brightline train strikes a car in Pompano Beach, on the service's first day back after a 19-month hiatus

A Brightline train is stopped after striking a vehicle in Pompano Beach at NE 3 St. and Dixie just north of Atlantic on Monday, November 8, 2021
Joe Cavaretta
A Broward Sheriff's Office officer walks in the foreground as a damaged car and a train sit behind police tape

A Brightline train carrying the company’s president struck a car in Pompano Beach on Monday, just as the company was celebrating its first day of resuming service after a 19-month hiatus during the pandemic.

The Brightline train was southbound from West Palm Beach when the collision happened, a company spokesperson said.

A woman headed eastbound on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard “turned right, onto the train tracks,” said Pompano Beach Fire and Rescue spokesperson Sandra King from the scene. King went on to explain that the woman, a 71-year old grandmother with her 1-year-old grandchild in the car, was attempting to pull off the tracks when the train struck.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.