FLORIDA OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION TO CURB HIGH NUMBER OF DEATHS ON THE TRACKS OF THE BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA PASSENGER RAIL. Since Brightline's launch, an average of more than one person a month has been killed, designating it as the "nation's deadliest railroad."
During a news conference, Brightline stated that 75% of the incidents were results of suicide or drugs, but a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) study reveals that suicides only account for 30% of all rail fatalities.
Susan Mehiel, with Alliance for Safe Trains, believes that the spike in fatalities is not because of suicides.
"There are not enough safety features, including pedestrian gates, pedestrian channeling, pedestrian bridges and fencing," she says.
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