WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — After being struck by a freight train in West Palm Beach on Wednesday evening, a driver suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident.
The collision took place just before 5:30 o’clock in the evening at the railroad crossing located between Quadrille Boulevard and Fern Street.
The driver of the automobile, a lady in her 60s, was reportedly extricated from the vehicle and sent to the hospital in “extremely severe condition,” according to the West Palm Beach police department.
According to witnesses, there were a number of ambulances present at the scene. When asked to describe what happened, one individual stated that a train “ploughed into a car.”
A resident of downtown West Palm Beach shared their experience, saying, “And I heard all the ambulances passing by… it was truly like a zoo.. it was like a carnival going past.”
The delay to traffic in the area lasted for several hours.
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“In order to provide some context, I was supposed to get something notarized on the other side of the tracks, which would have required a five-minute walk in that direction. On the other hand, it took us an hour and a half to drive all the way around the city “another local resident commented.
Officials have stated that despite the fact that the collision took place in close proximity to a Brightline rail station, the train that was involved in the collision is not a Brightline train. There has been no disruption to the Brightline train timetable.
This is the seventh accident in West Palm Beach so far this year between a train and an automobile, at least according to the website of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
We will continue to provide updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
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