Woman hit, killed by Brightline train identified

Brightline continues planned service following fatal crash. (Brightline)

Despite Friday night’s tragedy, it appears Brightline will stick with plans to begin service to the public Saturday morning.

Before today only guests who were invited were able to be on board.

We know VIP guests were on the train last night when it hit and killed a woman in Boynton Beach.

Police have identified the woman as, Melissa Lavell, 32.

According to BBPD, witnesses say Lavell was crossing the tracks after the guard rails went down in an attempt to make it across before the train.

Our partners at the Sun Sentinel report, after a two hour wait passengers were removed from the train and transported by bus as police investigated the death.

Boynton Beach Police said it’s unclear why Lavell was on the tracks.

Brightline's spokesperson commented on the tragic incident:

Brightline’s team is cooperating with local authorities. This is a tragic incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We continue to stress safety and the adherence to the rules and laws in place around active railroads.

On top of that tragic incident Brightline has also dealt with some website issues in the last 48 hours.

Brightline said on twitter it was experiencing delays and booking glitches.

Keep in mind you can only book train rides between Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach right now.

Service to and from Miami is expected to start this spring.

Meanwhile construction of 40 miles of new tracks in between West Palm Beach and Orlando is also scheduled to begin sometime this year.

Once complete, Floridians will have the opportunity to go from as far south as Miami and all the way to Orlando by train.

If you are interested in exploring Brightline you can buy tickets for as low as $10 online.

The first train departs West Palm Beach on Saturday at 8 a.m. and there are a total of 10 train rides available.