With 76 train deaths in 3 years, Florida East Coast railroad is more dangerous than reported

Posted on April 27, 2018

By: Lisa Broadt, Treasure Coast Newspapers

The Federal Railroad Administration in a 2015 report described trespassing on the Florida East Coast tracks in South Florida as an "epidemic," and since then trespassing fatalities have continued to grow, with 2018 on track to be even deadlier than last year.

In fact, there have been at least 76 deaths by Brightline passenger trains and Florida East Coast Railway freight trains on the Florida East Coast tracks, between Miami and Jacksonville, since 2015, according to an analysis of news stories, police reports and Federal Railroad Administration data by the USA TODAY Network-Florida.

Railroad administration data, on the other hand, shows 55 fatalities since 2015…

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