Police on Tuesday released video shot from the front of a Brightline train when it hit and killed a bicyclist in Boynton Beach last week.
The two-minute video shows that the crossing gates were down when Jeffrey King cycled across the tracks on Jan. 17 before getting struck by the right front end of the train as it traveled at nearly 80 mph.
King was one of three people hit by the new rail line in a week. The 51-year-old was pedaling home from his job as a dishwasher when he was struck where the FEC tracks cross Ocean Avenue.
King and a 31-year-old woman were killed five days apart in Boynton Beach.
A man hit Friday in Fort Lauderdale while trying to race across the tracks before the train crossed survived getting clipped by the train.
Every time, police say, crossing gates were down.
The privately owned higher-speed rail line commutes from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach and opened to paying passengers on Jan. 13. Later plans will expand the service from Miami to Orlando.
The trains reach a maximum speed of 79 mph.
Brightline on Friday announced that it will deploy employees to key intersections from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach to promote safety and educate the public about the need to steer clear of railroad crossings when trains approach.
“The fact that these incidents are completely avoidable is what makes them tragedies,” said Patrick Goddard, Brightline’s president and chief operating officer. “Obey the bells, lights and signs … Never try to beat a train.”