The Anonymous Widower

Driver Hospitalized After Brightline Train Hits Pickup Truck In Hallandale Beach

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on 850 WFTL.

The driver certainly didn’t have a full load in the front of his pickup.

This paragraph describes the incident.

Dashcam video provided by Brightline captured the moment the driver of the silver pickup drove around the gate arm and onto the track a split second before impact. The arm was down when the collision happened.

Perhaps, the driver was trying to get a Darwin Award.

March 20, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. I can’t recall how many times this has happened, certainly Florida’s drivers haven’t heard of the concept of ‘lessons learnt’. Perhaps if the Americans could have full barriers for both lanes it might hinder the dimwits who are so insistent on trying to lose their lives.
    Personally I think that the State of Florida should fund it. It seems perverse to expect Brightline to shoulder the cost of crossing safety as is currently the case.

    Comment by fammorris | March 20, 2022 | Reply

    • A few years ago, I was in North-East Poland. We saw one idiot take a chance and our guide said the Poles were always at it. But he said the Russians were the worst.

      Comment by AnonW | March 20, 2022 | Reply

  2. It’s always somebody else in these sort of comparisons. When the Soviet Union withdrew from Eastern Europe my colleagues in Germany and Austria regaled me with the stories of Poles, Czechs and Hungarians stealing cars. Shortly after Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia I was in the Tatra mountains where we were burgled. Following a bureaucratic complaint procedure at the police station I was talking to a police officer about thefts including cars. According to him thefts of western cars was a problem there too only in their experience it was all the fault of the Ukrainians.

    Comment by fammorris | March 20, 2022 | Reply

    • Twice in the 1990s, I had hire cars nicked outside my house in France. Sounds like the Slovaks learned their bureaucracy from the French.

      Comment by AnonW | March 20, 2022 | Reply

  3. This article may be of interest
    https://www.railwayage.com/cs/keeping-vehicles-and-people-off-brightline-tracks/

    Comment by Fenline Scouser | March 22, 2022 | Reply

    • Yes, a pretty accurate assessment of the problems facing the rebirth of the American Railroads, and the general approach to public transport in the United States. So long as it’s regarded not as a public benefit but as a business opportunity I’m afraid these problems will persist and the US will continue to to grumble about their inability to join the rest of the world in creating a viable, environmentally friendly form of mass transit to compete with short haul air transport.
      Good to see mention of Brightline West, now that a project loaded with even greater problems.

      Comment by fammorris | March 22, 2022 | Reply

      • The aspect of the Orlando extension that really amazes me is that once up and running Brightline will be required to pay the state compensation in respect of the revenue loss from tolls on the parallel interstate highway!

        Comment by Fenline Scouser | March 23, 2022


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