A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN DERAILED IN FEBRUARY AND WE ONLY RECENTLY LEARNED ABOUT THE ACCIDENT. On Monday, Citizens Against Rail Expansion (CARE FL) criticized All Aboard Florida (AAF) for not mentioning it during Florida Legislature testimony about rail safety.
CARE FL and the counties of Indian River and Martin said it took them months to confirm the Feb. 11 accident, and only after they hired a Washington D.C. law firm to pursue it.
"Soon after this incident, officials attended not one but two state legislative hearings about rail safety and never once disclosed facts about the derailment, while they sought to table the safety legislation under consideration," Chairman of CARE FL, Brent Hanlon, stated in a news release.
"The disconnect between the derailment and AAF's failure to make it public is disturbing," Indian River County Attorney Dylan Reingold stated. "The safety and well-being of our communities require greater transparency."
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