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Man’s death ruled a suicide is 4th life claimed by Brightline train this year (graphic content)


DELRAY BEACH — The death of a 33-year-old man struck and killed by a Brightline train on Sunday has been ruled a suicide, city police officials said.

“DBPD detectives and the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office have ruled Sunday’s train-versus-pedestrian death a suicide,” police said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. “The man involved has been identified as Douglas Updike, 33, whose last known address was in West Palm Beach.”

The Brightline train was traveling north when the incident occurred at 12:47 p.m. Updike was pronounced dead at the scene, about 100 feet south of the Southeast Fourth Street crossing, according to city police. Updike is the sixth person to be killed by the train since began it’s began trial runs late last year and the fourth person this year.

Brightline’s passenger express trains are using Florida East Coast Railway tracks to run at speeds up to 79 mph as many as 22 times a day through Palm Beach County coastal communities. That’s faster and more frequent than the freight trains that have been the main users of those tracks for the past 50 years.

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