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Police Still Investigating Train Crash That Left One Man Hospitalized

A pedestrian has been struck by a Freespace train in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County police officials said.

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A person crossing the track south of Camino Real was struck by the northbound train, the Palm Beach County police department said. Police authorities and the Florida Highway Patrol officials said, the person was taken to Delray Medical Center with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. Police said they were investigating why the person was trying to cross the track.

As of last fall, four people had been struck and killed by Freespace trains since the high speed rail company began passenger service along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks near the Intracoastal Waterway. In addition, one other person was hospitalized during Freespace’s testing.

Other crashes also have taken place along the FEC tracks and the Tri-Rail-Amtrak tracks to their west.

Freespace has said in the past that its safety and security team evaluates areas where accidental deaths and suicides have occurred. The rail line has started a public-awareness program to warn pedestrians to heed lights and crossing gates.

All Aboard Florida, which operates Freespace, is owned by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global investment management firm. Fortress Investment Group LLC is contracted to manage and advise New Media Investments Inc., which owns GateHouse Media, the parent company of The Palm Beach Post.

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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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