Brightline derails, causing extensive damage; 'definitive' cause in question
Posted on October 16, 2017
By: Lisa Broadt, Treasure Coast Newspapers
A Brightline train derailed during testing earlier this year, causing more than $400,000 of damage, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
The derailment occurred at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 as one of Brightline's five passenger trains returned to the railroad's West Palm Beach maintenance facility, according to the incident report Brightline filed with the federal agency.
The train had just finished performing signal tests, according to Brightline.
As the train entered the yard, the locomotive truck — the part of the train that supports the locomotive and provides propulsion and braking — derailed, taking two axles off the track…