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Mount Pleasant officials study train crossing safety

Mount Pleasant officials say they are studying three railroad crossings in the area to decide if they're safe enough to keep open. The study follows the February Metro-North crash that killed six people

News 12 Staff

Dec 18, 2015, 7:59 AM

Updated 3,108 days ago

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Mount Pleasant officials say they are studying three railroad crossings in the area to decide if they're safe enough to keep open.
The study follows the February Metro-North crash that killed six people and injured 15.
Ellen Brody, of Edgemont, drove her SUV onto the tracks just seconds before the northbound train came through.
Of the crossings being looked at, Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi would like to see the Commerce Street and Cleveland Street crossings closed to traffic. Commerce Street was the site of February's accident.
Both have little room for a backup of traffic, and some drivers have reported sliding down Cleveland Street onto the tracks in inclement weather.
On Wednesday, the NTSB released part of its findings from the February crash, including an interview with the husband of Ellen Brody. He told investigators that he believes the signage at Commerce Street isn't good enough for those not familiar with the intersection.
Input from residents is expected if the town board agrees to pursue closing the two rail crossings. A federal judge would have to make the ultimate decisions. 
The MTA says it is working with a grade crossing consulting firm to look at all 430 crossings on the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road lines.


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