PALM BEACH POST - OLIVIA HITCHCOCK
An 87-year-old Boca Raton woman died Friday morning after her car was struck by a Tri-Rail train at the Yamato Road crossing, city police said.
Eunice Bernard was traveling east on Yamato Road at about 8:30 a.m. when she drove through the CSX railroad-crossing gates and her red 2015 Hyundai Sonata was hit by a southbound train, police said. She was the only person in the car, according to police.
Train and vehicle traffic in the area was stalled for hours. The roadway was opened for vehicles at about 2 p.m., nearly six hours after the crash.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call city Homicide Investigator Brian Pare at (561) 620-6168.
Bernard was the fourth person reported to be killed in a train wreck this year in Palm Beach County, Federal Railroad Administration data shows. The three others were pedestrians, records show.
A recent Palm Beach Post investigation found that a quarter of the state’s reported pedestrian rail deaths in 2011, 2012 and 2013 were in Palm Beach County. While far more people cross the tracks at busy intersections in cars, more than half of the other deaths occurred along stretches of railroad between crossings.
The most recent train-related death in Palm Beach County was of Robin Brelsford Landes, 62, who was struck and killed on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks just north of Atlantic Avenue in August.
In June, a man was killed after being hit by a Florida East Coast Railway train in Boynton Beach. City police said the man committed suicide. In May, a woman was fatally struck by a train in Boca Raton, federal data shows.
Twenty-two Tri-Rail passengers were taken to a hospital in January after their train hit a stalled city garbage truck on the tracks near Sixth Avenue South in Lake Worth. The driver got out of the truck before it was split in half.