State lawmaker demands DOT complete rail crossing safety report

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It's been five years since Metro-North's deadliest train crash, and state lawmakers say nothing has been done to improve train crossing safety across the state.

On Feb. 3, 2015, Ellen Brody's SUV got trapped between crossing gates at the Commerce Street crossing in Valhalla. The oncoming train smashed into her car, killing Brody, five people on board and injuring 15 others.

In response, the state Legislature passed a law in 2016 requiring the New York Department of Transportation to complete a rail crossing safety report.

That report was due in 2017, but it missed the deadline.

The DOT has missed subsequent deadlines saying the findings are coming, and now one lawmaker says he is getting fed up.

"The DOT’s irresponsible action in failing to conduct this study and make the necessary improvements must stop. The DOT must stop acting irresponsibly and start acting in the best interest of the people of the state of New York,” says Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti.

In an earlier statement to News 12, the MTA says safety is the railroad's highest priority.

There is still no word on when the DOT will finish that report.

 

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