Calls for More Safety Features at Railroad Crossing After Crash

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NESQUEHONING -- One community in Carbon County is railing for change at what they call a dangerous train crossing.

This comes after a crash last week sent a man to the hospital.

The driver of a Jeep was flown to a hospital after colliding with a train in Nesquehoning last Tuesday.

The wreck happened as the man pulled out of an industrial park where he works and was crossing the tracks to get onto Route 54.

Other workers at those plants want more safety features at the crossing.

“Definitely some warning lights,” said Jim Sherry who works in that industrial park. “People don't realize how much train traffic goes through here in the course of a day. We probably get about eight to 10 trains a day.”

“There should be at minimum the flashing lights when the train's coming. A gate would be nice,” said Bill Ulshafer, another employee.

Nesquehoning Council President David Hawk says the borough and KME, one of the businesses in the industrial park, put additional signs up last week. Now, the signs are flat on the ground.

Hawk says the rail company, Reading and Northern Railroad, took them down.

“The railroad informed us that the PUC dictates what type of warning devices are at a crossing and you can't even add anything to try to increase safety or whatever without their approval,” said Hawk.

Now, Hawk says borough officials and State Representative Doyle Heffley are trying to get the Public Utility Commission to come out and determine what can be done.

“They had signs there. You can see them laying on the ground. They tore them down,” said Sherry. “Now they had the stop sign there, and they had one that said, ‘Stop, Look, Listen’. I thought that was much safer.”

“We need to keep our employees safe also and other employees making deliveries to us or to Ametek,” said Ulshafer. “Everybody's got to be safe.”

The borough council president says the railroad is more than willing to allow a safety upgrade, but more than likely the borough will have to pay for it since it is the borough making the request.

As for the driver who got hit by the train, the borough council president says he continues to recover.


    • Hitter Went To Prom

      There’s always a final solution… get ride of all dumb people. Solves the need for warnings and lows population. Helps with global climate change

  • Gab

    Clearly nobody commenting here has driven much outside of their home towns in their lives. I’ve driven all over this country as a truck driver and I’m my own personal car. You can’t always see to your left and right when you approach a railroad! There are houses, trees, buildings, and the angle you’re looking from to take into consideration!! Not all tracks are straight. There’s also other traffic to have to focus on. Some railroad crossings are in the middle of very dangerous intersections that have no traffic lights. Have you even seen how fast amtrack trains blow through?? Open your minds people. Christ.

    • Anonymous

      While I agree with you, let me just say…I’ve lived in this town in question for a while, and driven across that particular set of tracks many times. You can see about a mile either way, and HEAR the train, too. The guy that got hit was a couple cards short of a deck.

    • good for you

      Good for you, you’ve driven a lot outside of your home town. I’m glad that experience has given you an awareness of things that most of us dumb locals would never know – like – Amtrack trains are fast, or, there are trees next to the road. No shit Sherlock. This wasn’t Amtrack, these tracks are straight, this train does blow its horn at this crossing, and how many times has the guy that got hit crossed these tracks before? Like someone else said, you can’t fix stupid.

    • Jon Brawn

      Wal Mart trucks last year traveled about the same miles as all the railroads and had 5 fatalities to the railroads over SEVEN HUNDRED. Seems like the sheep heads here the railroads 160 years of brain wash worked well on.
      This crossing is inventoried as private with a city street sign right there meaning PUBLIC. Private crossings no train horns till the last second which just freezes the driver.
      Also the ONLY speed limit the cops can go by is the 15 mph an hour in the FRA data base which didn’t happen and these morons are saying a mile to stop.

    • not my fault

      That would require people to slow down, act responsibly, and have accountability for their actions. Not going to happen. It’s always someone else’s fault. Didn’t eight years of Obama teach you anything?

  • El Ma

    How is it that people are absolved of any responsibility for their own actions? It is absolute common sense to slow down, look, and CHECK to see if a train is coming whenever one approaches a rail crossing. Trains require up to a solid mile to stop.

    It’s like all of these warning labels that you see on the 5 gallon plastic buckets: NOT A TOY. Someone, at some time, had to place a child in one of those buckets for them to “play” in, and the child drowned as a result of the parent’s negligence.


  • Sam I Am

    Seems that the railroad doesn’t want a cost effective solution, they want a thousands of dollars solution at taxpayers expense.

    No different than your finger needs a splint, so they put your arm in a cast.

  • Choo

    Wait is this the same place where the residents were complaining about the
    Warning horn when the train passed through ? If not maybe those residents should read this.

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