Around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a collision between a Virgin Trains USA train and a silver SUV near Biscayne Boulevard and 141st Street. The SUV sustained significant damage, and the airbags were deployed. The back end of the SUV was crushed, the windows shattered, and the front bumper was detached and on the ground. One report stated the train was heading south when it struck the SUV on the driver’s side of the vehicle and pushed it 180 degrees. One victim was transported to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, and their condition was unknown. A report stated witnesses saw the driver get out of the SUV and looked visibly OK. After the collision, the train stopped nearby. Virgin Train USA representatives came to the scene to assess damage to the train. There was visible damage to the train’s front car. There are no reports of any harm to train employees or passengers Commuter trains like Virgin Trains USA are growing in popularity in Florida and around the US. However, they pose a significant risk at intersections where railroad tracks public cross streets. If you or a loved one were a victim of a train-vehicle crash in Florida, do not hesitate to contact a Miami car accident lawyer at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. You can reach out to schedule a free consultation by calling (877) 475-2905 or using our online form.
Virgin Trains USA Used to be Bright line
In March 2019, Virgin Group announced its first train line would be Virgin Trains USA in South Florida. The majority owner and operator of the train is Fortress Investment. Virgin Group is a minority investor providing the iconic branding for the train. This train line was originally known as Bright line and began service in May 2018, with test runs starting in 2017. It is a high-speed intercity system that currently stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Virgin previously announced it intends to extend the train line to Orlando and Tampa. Individuals who are injured in an accident involving a Virgin train should contact an experienced lawyer in Miami. If the incident was a train-car collision, our Miami car accident attorneys are here to investigate the crash, determine what went wrong, and identify the liable party. Our lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. are highly experienced in handling all types of vehicle collisions, including those involving commuter and freight trains. We are not afraid to hold large and popular businesses responsible in court.
Virgin Trains Have a History of Accidents
The Brightline/Virgin USA trains have been involved in several serious and fatal accidents. Shortly after the name change, one of the trains was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian in Pompano Beach. In April, the Broward Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident near South Dixie Highway and West McNab Road. Donald Krinkie, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene. In May, Princess Davis, 31, was involved in a fatal accident when her and another woman attempted to cross the tracks in Lake Worth Beach, Florida. At this point, more than a dozen individuals have lost their lives since the Brightline/Virgin USA trains began test runs in July 2017.
Were You or a Relative Involved in a Train Accident?
If you were injured or a loved one lost their life in a train-pedestrian or train-car crash, then we recommend calling a personal injury lawyer in at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. at (305) 371-6000 right away. We offer free consultations so that you can get to know us and learn more about your rights. If we believe you have a valid personal injury or wrongful death claim, then we will recommend the next best steps, such as our pursuing a thoroughly investigation and filing suit.