OAKLAND PARK, FL – Authorities identified the victim of a fatal collision involving a car and a Brightline train in Oakland Park on Tuesday afternoon.
This is an update to a previous story.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the person killed in the incident was 84-year-old Liesel Hulden of Coconut Creek.
Investigators said Hulden was driving a Buick Century sedan south of North Dixie Highway at about 2:30 p.m. As she began turning onto Northeast 62nd Street, the railroad warning signals activated and the safety arms began lowering. Hulden kept going, pulled onto the railroad tracks and stopped for an unknown reason.
The engineer of an approaching Brightline train sounded the horn and applied the brakes but could not stop in time and hit the Buick, carrying it several hundred feet. Hulden was pronounced dead at the scene.
Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives are investigating the crash. The sheriff’s office reminded pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to never go around the lowered safety arms when a train is approaching, and do not underestimate the speed of the train.
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