Cellphone video shows good Samaritans reacting to Jeep and Brightline train collision in Hollywood – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
HOLLYWOOD, FL. (WSVN) – A new video shows the moments after a tragedy on the slopes. Bystanders ran to save the driver of the crashed Jeep, but the man inside did not survive.
It was pure panic and chaos after a train hit a Jeep.
A cellphone video from Tuesday was sent to 7News that shows the Good Samaritans’ response moments after impact.
People ran to try to help the driver as his Jeep landed on its side.
Brightline officials said the driver of the Jeep drove around the doors, crossing the tracks when the train hit him.
Hollywood detectives identified the driver of the Jeep as 52-year-old Maher Soua.
He did not survive.
This is the second incident this week involving a Brightline train and car.
Brightline officials want to keep spreading the message: stay off the tracks.
“There are a number of things that we are working on, there are definitely a number of things that we would employ the public to do,” said Ben Porritt, senior vice president of Brightline. “The first is to have the safety warnings that are out there. If you bypass the gates of the level crossing, if you encroach on the corridor, you put yourself in danger.
Meanwhile, transportation officials at all levels are working and investing in a number of safety improvements around the railroad tracks from Miami-Dade to Brevard County, and they want you to do your part too.
“We think a lot of these safety improvements are going to improve safety along the corridor to put in mechanisms that keep people away from the railways and certainly help them avoid the railways where they shouldn’t be there. anyway,” Porritt said.
Brightline officials said it took one of the trains 45 seconds to cross the level crossings.
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