Boca Pedestrian Killed in Mass Transit Accident

A recent tri-rail accident in Boca Raton ended fatally.

According to News Channel 5, Train P623 hit a pedestrian near the tracks just south of Camino Real. The identity of the victim has not been released. The services of the train were altered for much of the afternoon because of the accident. Police are still investigating.

Passengers of the tri-rail were offered bus transportation following the accident. They were taken to the Boca Raton Station and the Cypress Creek Station.

Our Boca Raton accident lawyers understand that the risks for these kinds of accidents could only increase in the coming years. Transportation officials are contemplating constructing another tri-rail stop in the area — near Military Train just south of Glades. All officials are waiting for is the right developmental plan to pay for it. Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) have already put aside about $10 million for the project projected to kick off in 2017. They’re waiting for a willing developer to dish out the near $9 million needed in local funds to build the station.

“Where are we going to get that $8.5 million? I don’t know,” said Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold. “It’s definitely not a done deal.”

In 2019, Florida will stop dishing out the near $30 million each year to run the trains. They’re hoping to pawn that expense off on the three counties it serves — Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward. Officials with the Tri-Rail are hoping to convince county commissioners that this system is important enough to be funded by local government and by taxpayers, according to the Sun Sentinel.

With more stations, we’re going to see higher risks for accidents — especially accidents involving pedestrians. Operation Lifesaver is here to offer on-foot walkers in the area some beneficial safety tips.

Pedestrian Safety:

-Remember that the safest area to cross over tracks is where there is a crossbuck with a gate and with flashing lights. When crossing at other areas you could be considered as a trespasser.

-Remember that it can take up to a mile for a train to stop. Never expect that they’re going to stop in time.

-If you see a train coming — WAIT! Don’t cross the tracks until the train has passed, the crossing lights are done flashing and the gates are up.

-Never cross the tracks right after a train passes. If there are tracks in both directions there could be a train coming from the other direction.

-Red lights will flash when a train is approaching. Do not cross when you see them doing so. You could be fined, and injured if not killed, for doing so.

-Never attempt to jump in a train or any kind while it’s moving.

-Do not hunt, fish or bungee jump from railroad trestles.