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WOMAN KILLED BY TRAIN IN POMPANO BEACH

BSO Case Number: PB01-11-05663
PIO Number: 01-11-20
Date: November 13, 2001
Place of Occurrence: 1000 Block of W. Copans Rd, (I-95 & Copans Rd), Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • 47-year old white female from Boynton Beach

Suspect(s):

  • N/A

Description of Incident:

A 47-year old Boynton Beach woman was killed on impact at about 6:00 pm, November 13, 2001, when the delivery truck she was driving was struck by a northbound Amtrak train in Pompano Beach.

The woman, driving a truck for clothier Fabiano Ltd. of Pompano Beach, became stuck on the railroad tracks in the westbound lanes of the 1000 block of W. Copans Road. As the train approached at a speed of 79 miles an hour, witnesses report that other drivers tried to move their vehicles to allow the victim to get out of the train’s path, but the woman was unable to do so.

Amtrak train number 90, “The Silver Palm”, slammed into the delivery truck, ejecting the woman from the vehicle. Amtrak officials say the train was traveling at the speed it should have been and that the engineer did everything possible to try to avoid hitting the truck.

Broward Sheriff's Office investigators and witnesses to the accident report that the crossing gates appeared to be working properly at the time of the accident.

The train had left Miami at 5:00pm, bound for New York via Tampa. At the time of the wreck, there were 27 passengers and 9 crewmembers aboard the train. The engineer of the train sustained minor injuries and was transported to North Broward Medical Center. His name has not been released. None of the passengers reported any injuries.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Deputies A. Atkins/C. Justice/M Powell Hugh Graf/PIO 11/13/01 10:00pm

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