Broward County

Driver Dies After Car Collides With Brightline Train in Pompano Beach

Brightline officials said the gates were down signaling an oncoming train when the driver went around them

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A driver was killed after his car collided with a Brightline train in Pompano Beach Monday morning, officials said.

The crash took place just after 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Dixie Highway and Northwest 6th Street.

The driver — later identified as 27-year-old Jake Bresnehan — was rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, but Broward Sheriff's Office officials said he later died from his injuries.

Footage showed the remnants of the severely damaged vehicle on the tracks. Surveillance video from nearby showed the moments the pick-up truck drove around the guard rails and the moment the train struck the vehicle.

A severely damaged car after a collision with a Brightline train in Pompano Beach.

Bresnehan was a father of four children and had another child on the way in September. Loved ones left behind flowers for a makeshift memorial near the train tracks.

Brightline issued a statement saying the gates were down when the individual drove around a gate.

"Due to the severity of the driver's injuries, detectives with BSO Traffic Homicide Unit were notified and are investigating the circumstances surrounding this crash," BSO officials said.

Video shows a fatal collision between a vehicle and a Brightline train in Pompano Beach.

All northbound lanes of Dixie Highway between 3rd and 6th Streets were closed during the investigation.

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