Woman reports 2 recent near-misses at Chappaqua rail crossing

A Chappaqua resident says the Roaring Brook rail crossing has been the site of two recent-near misses between trains and cars.



Samantha Block, of Chappaqua, posted on Facebook that last week two drivers drove onto the tracks as the gates came down and had to get out fast. The site, where Metro-North trains and cars meet several times a day, has been known for its near-misses.



"Both yesterday and today there were cars sitting on the tracks waiting for the light to change. Yesterday, the gate came down and one car had to reverse and the other had to go around on the grass. There is a need to have a cop sitting there either writing tickets or dissuading this behavior," she said.



In May 2015, a school bus driver with two kids in tow entered the railroad crossing as the gate came down on top of the bus. The train barely missed the bus and no one was hurt. Buses are required to make a full stop before crossing the tracks.



In March 2015, a picture was taken after a driver knocked down the guard rail to avoid getting hit by an oncoming train.



State DOT crews performed safety upgrades at Roaring Brook crossing just after the fatal February 2015 Metro-North train crash in Valhalla. Six people were killed after Ellen Brody, of Edgemont, drove her SUV onto the tracks there just seconds before the train came through.



Newcastle police tell News 12 that they weren't made aware of any problems from last week. They say they regularly patrol the rail grade crossing to make sure everyone is obeying the law. Metro-North was not made aware of any incidents there last week, either.



Drivers who find themselves between the gates should back up immediately, as the gates are designed to break off as soon as they are backed into.



 


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