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Woman Killed in Train Crash in Pompano Beach

Authorities say a woman is dead after a train hit a vehicle near Fort Lauderdale.

Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said in a news release that the crash happened about 9:20 a.m. Monday on the Florida East Coast railroad tracks in Pompano Beach.

The victim was later identified as 55-year-old Malita Hyppolite, of Pompano Beach.

BSO officials said Hyppolite's daughter, 18-year-old Marie Hyppolite, was driving her 2015 Toyota Corolla when she stopped on the railroad in the 400 block of E. Copans Road.

The four people in the car, including Marie Hyppolite's sister and niece, exited the car but her mother didn't get off the tracks and was struck by the train, which then struck the car, officials said.

Officials said the railroad's warning signals were activated and there were no vehicles blocking the Corolla's path. They said they don't know why Marie Hyppolite didn't move her car and said impairment and mechanical malfunction aren't considered factors.

Nearby roads were closed while authorities investigated the crash.

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