Congressman Brian Mast and family in Wednesday’s Amtrak train collision in Virginia

 

Congressman Brian Mast (Source: Facebook)

From US Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL18, Treasure Coast): Today I was traveling with my two boys on an Amtrak train in Virginia when our train collided with a truck at an at-grade road crossing.

My family and I are okay, but the driver and passengers in the truck were not as lucky. They and their families need your prayers tonight.

Sadly, we’ve become all too familiar with this kind of accident in South Florida where Brightline trains have struck and killed multiple pedestrians since they began operating just a few short weeks ago.

I’ve long opposed the expansion of Brightline onto the Treasure Coast, where the mix of at-grade crossings and high-speed trains creates massive safety issues.

My experience today has only strengthened my resolve to prevent Brightline from creating this dangerous situation in our community.

Another issue that Brightline expansions brings with it is impeding our local maritime traffic at bridges were the trains cross the waterways.

At my request, the Coast Guard is conducting a study into how badly the increased rail traffic would harm our boaters.

The deadline to submit your feedback to the study has been extended to February 16.

I strongly encourage you to send your feedback in now:

To take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StLucieLoxahatcheeRailwayBridges

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