New train signals in Grayson Co.

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Grayson County officials are trying to prevent anymore train-related fatal car accidents.

Six train signals are being installed across Precinct Three two years after an 80-year old man was killed at the intersection of Lynch Crossing Road.

Four people have died at that intersection in the last 20 years.

Each of the signals costs $250,000. Officials say it’s about time something is done.

"You've got a 70 mile-per-hour track here, and a train is coming out of those trees at seventy miles an hour, and it’s on you before you can see him, so now at least you have a warning when that arm goes down," said Grayson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Jackie Crisp.

No word yet on when the train signal will be operational.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Sep 22, 2007 at 10:59 AM
    you are so right midniteryeder, these people that think they have the right off way when they cross the tracks don't have much sense, it doesn't matter if there are lights or arms that go down, roll your window down turn your radio off and listen, look both ways, the Train will always win no matter what
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Sep 21, 2007 at 06:54 PM
    While it's good to hear new crossing signals with arms are being installed, some clarifications are in order. First, UP freights are not allowed to travel 70 MPH on this section of track. Second, the most any train may weigh (including fully-loaded coal trains) is 12,500 tons, NOT 12 1/2 million tons. Also, looking both ways before crossing ANY set of tracks is always a good idea, whether you're in town or in the country. If there's a tie at a railroad crossing, YOU WILL LOSE every time. This is why Operation Lifesaver (a railroad crossing safety advocate) keeps reminding us to STOP-LOOK-LISTEN so we may LIVE.
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