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IRONDALE, Ala (WIAT) – “Somebody killed by a train.” Michelle Foster says that’s her biggest fear at this railroad crossing on Commerce Boulevard between 5th Avenue South and Commerce Circle, in Irondale. She says during the past year, the warning lights will come on for no reason and flash for days. It’s happened over and over again the past year.
Foster says they’ve called the rail company and even filed police reports. Foster and others who work in the area worry drivers will become complacent and will start ignoring the lights altogether. “People aren’t even stopping anymore when it starts blinking,” explains Foster. She says crews have come out and worked on the lights, but the problem still comes back.
She wrote CBS42’s In Your Corner for help. After phone calls and emails we were connected with Darcy Brede with Omnitrax’s corporate office in Denver.
Tuesday, Brede told us the electrical parts to fix the lights were on order and should be here within a week.
For now the crossing lights have been shut off and whenever a train approaches they’ll will do what’s called a stop and flag. A crew member warns and stops traffic when a train is coming.
So what should you do if you see an unsafe or emergency situation at a railroad crossing?
The Federal Railroad Administration says you should call the emergency notification system (ENS) telephone number.
It is posted at the crossing and reference the USDOT crossing inventory number, which is a six digit number displayed at the location.
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