On Tuesday, January 28, a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a freight train.
West Palm Beach Police say the man was pronounced dead after an eastbound train hit him, at around 11 AM on the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway track. The accident occurred near Conniston Road, just north of Southern Boulevard. Witnesses reported seeing the man walking near the tracks prior to the accident.
Sadly, train accidents are not uncommon in Florida, or West Palm Beach. Florida is ranked sixth among states with the most railroad crossing accidents – 462 total reported railroad-related accidents between 2014 and 2018. Last year the Miami Herald reported that railroad crossing accidents, deaths, and injuries were on the rise.
In December, an Associated Press story found FEC has had one death for every 160,000 miles during the past two years.