When people in Miami hear of a car being struck by a train, their first assumption may be that the driver was at fault for having stopped on the train tracks. That, or the driver’s car must have stalled and could not be moved before being hit by the train. However, many may not take into account the idea that a driver may simply have been stopped on the tracks while awaiting a traffic signal or due to heavy congestion. Given the ever-increasing number of cars on the road, it may not require such a stretch of the imagination to envision such a thing happening.
That appears to be exactly what happened in a recent collision between a car and a train in Pompano Beach. A family driving in their car was stopped on the railway while awaiting a red light. As they waited, they say that the warning indictors that a train was coming turned on. Fortunately, three of the occupants of the vehicle managed to exit and get to safety. Sadly, a fourth occupant, the mother and grandmother of the other three, was still in the car when the train collided with it. Reports say that she was killed instantly.