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July 24, 2013

County says it can’t improve RR crossing; company says it needs county’s OK

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Ada —

She is determined to get something done about the train crossing.

“Someone is going to die at that crossing. We need someone to help us.”

She said she called her county commissioner, Randy Floyd, and she said he told her there was nothing that he could do.

The News spoke with Burlington North Santa Fe in Fort Worth Tuesday. The company’s spokesman, Joe Faust, put the ball squarely back into the county’s court.

If Pontotoc County commissioners vote to install blinking lights at the site, and/or cross bars, BNSF will install the equipment, Faust said. The price of the equipment and the time required to do the installation could prove a work of politics.

The fix, in other words, won’t be cheap.

The commissioners will have to agree there is a problem and that avoiding near misses is, indeed, a high priority.

Faust said the railroad company would be guided by the wishes of the county.

Miranda Wood and others who might have experienced similar incidents at that crossing would have to get Floyd to try to bring the other two commissioners on board, then find the economic resources to get the railroad company’s help.

Meanwhile, Wood said she believes the crossing is a death waiting to happen.

The News placed calls to Floyd seeking comment but was unable to reach him.

For those seeking more information about this crossing, call Faust at 817-867-6427 (identifier for this particular railroad crossing: D.O.T.672-009R).

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