On July 6, 2016, about 9:59 a.m. eastern daylight time, northbound Amtrak Silver Meteor train P09806 (train), operating on the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) track, struck a 2004 white 4-door Mercury Sable (automobile) at the 25th Street highway-rail grade crossing (crossing) in West Palm Beach, Florida. At the time of the collision, a VTMI signal employee was working in the crossing warning system bungalow. The event recorder in the bungalow recorded a 1-second warning before the collision. The automobile driver was seriously injured.
The train was en route from Miami, Florida, to New York, New York. The train did not derail. The train crewmembers and passengers were not injured. The damages to the train were estimated at $16,300; the automobile was a total loss. At the time of the accident, the sky was clear, the visibility was 10 miles, and the temperature was 88°F.