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David Melson

Blocked train tracks endanger lives

Posted Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 2:23 PM
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  • """And a co-worker told me of an incident this week where she saw a car narrowly beat a train across the tracks at Normandy -- the crossing rails were already coming down.""" That is gate failure and needs reported to the FRA. The gates by Federal law are to be down 20 seconds before the train arrives.

    -- Posted by Horseswagled on Sun, Feb 19, 2012, at 1:00 AM
  • There are crossong gates sitting idle all over Shelbyville where the train tracks have been paved over. Can those not be sold to other towns where they will be used to cover the cost of a new overpass that you are talking about?

    -- Posted by AmericanWoman on Sun, Feb 19, 2012, at 5:35 AM
  • Seems to me that in such a critical situation money - and I'm not talking about the county or individual towns - could be found to build another overpass somewhere along the line.

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    Why is it someone else's responsibility to pay for this?

    I would gamble that the tracks have been there long before most of the residents have lived in their current houses. So, they knew the risks when they bought their property.

    To me this sounds an awful lot like the folks who build a house next to a chicken barn, then try to get the barns shut down afterwards.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Feb 19, 2012, at 10:13 AM
  • The need for an overpass is obvious. Fault finding and blame will not bring back a family's loved one that dies due to a delay in emergency services. How long can we afford to allow this can to be kicked down the road?

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Feb 19, 2012, at 12:47 PM
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