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Confused Mini Cooper driver tries to beat train across tracks, fails but survives


The Brightline train in Miami has once again struck something attempting to traverse its tracks- this time, a British-made Mini Cooper.

The “high-speed” train service, which runs up and down the South Florida coast, is known locally for the high numbers of accidents and fatalities racked up by people and vehicles that can’t seem to avoid being on the tracks when the train comes through.

Unlike many other cases where there were no survivors (at least outside of the train), the driver of the Mini Cooper made it out alive and managed to get free of the Mini before it was torn to shreds by the train.

According to CBS Miami, the train struck the vehicle at Northeast 171 street and Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach.

Brightline is a subsidiary of Virgin Trains USA, and will operate under the original Brightline name until 2020.

The railway operates along the Florida East Coast Railway line and goes between Miami and West Palm Beach, with plans to stretch as far as Orlando.

During the first six days of the rail line’s operation, two people were killed. By three months, four more were killed. According to the anti-train advocacy group Alliance for Safe Trains, a total of 34 people had been killed in incidents involving Virgin Trains locomotives in Florida from January 2018 to February 2019.

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