Brightline collision with van leaves 1 dead



Jaidyn Houghtaling

On Sunday, August 25th, a Brightline train crashed into a 2004 Honda Pilot at N.E. 33rd Street and North Dixie Highway at 11:27 a.m.

According to Broward County Sheriff’s Office, 46-year-old Wisly Isma was the driver of the car and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. No one onboard the train was hurt.

Witnesses said that Isma stopped at the railroad crossing, waited for the train, and drove in the tracks when the train was close.

“I felt a thump or a bump,” said Scott Schellington, a passenger on the train. Schellington was headed to Miami for a baseball game. “They hit the brakes and you could smell them burning. We couldn’t see much. A lot of flying debris and an ambulance.”

Just a couple days earlier on August 20th, Robert Ballard was killed while riding his bike near the tracks. Because of the recent incidents, people are starting to think that the safety equipment around the tracks isn’t working properly. In response to this, BSO said that all of the equipment for the railroad crossing is in good condition and working.

“Experts say that it could take up to a mile for a train to stop once the emergency brakes are applied,” says the BSO.