A 28-year-old bicyclist was hit and injured by a train in Boca Raton when he tried to pedal around a flashing train gate, Florida Highway Patrol and police officials said.
Josh Churchill was hit near the Tri-Rail station in the 1700 block of Boca Raton Road, according to a vehicular homicide report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Churchill, of Boca Raton, pedaled the wrong way on Boca Raton Road, went around the train gates and was hit by an approaching northbound train, said the post and a Florida Highway Patrol Sheriff’s spokesman.
The train clipped his back tire, the FHP spokesman said. “The bicyclist’s improper and illegal actions were the sole cause of the crash.
He was initially rushed to the Delray Medical Center in Palm Beach County for treatment, where he was listed in critical condition, Florida Highway Patrol official said.
Both Tri-Rail and Amtrak tracks remained shut down as the investigation continued, police authorities said.
Anyone with relevant information concerning the crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol Department.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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