Iron Co. officials working to upgrade dangerous railroad crossin - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Iron Co. officials working to upgrade dangerous railroad crossings

(Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)
IRON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Railroad crossings are common in Iron County, Missouri.

“We stop and look both ways like normal and, I mean, cross it with our hopes up,” Middlebrook resident Jimmy Govreau said.

However, with as many crossings as there are, residents say, they’re anything but safe.

In December 2015, Sheriff Roger Medley said an Amtrak train collided with a truck at a railroad crossing in Middlebrook in a deadly crash.

“[It was] very unfortunate,” Medley said. “It was the first thing in the morning, a little rainy out and suddenly it was just there.”

Medley said the crossing where that man died is one of their top priorities.

“They need to do something with it. Put some guards on it and some lights. Start saving people’s lives,” Govreau said.

County officials say that’s the plan, starting with the crossing in Middlebrook and another crossing in Annapolis that’s especially dangerous for tractor trailers. The trucks get high-centered and stuck on the tracks.

“Last time we had to get a crane come to lift the trucks off the tracks,” Medley said.

At four other crossings, also on state-maintained roads, they’re asking for at least a signal.

“MoDOT, like everyone else, has 'x' amount of dollars to do 'x' amount of work. So, it depends on where we rate on the food chain. We are hoping to maybe do one a year, it’d be wonderful,” Medley said.

In the meantime, he reminds us all to be careful at any and all railroad crossings.

“If we don’t do something, you know, what’s a life worth?” Medley said.

Medley said they’ve already submitted a letter of their requests to MoDOT and met with them about the upgrades. He said MoDOT will review it all at the next budget meeting and get back with him in the next few months.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2016 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • What you need to know May 24

    What you need to know May 24

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:27 AM EDT2018-05-24 09:27:29 GMT
    The sun should warm up the Heartland today.  (Source: Raycom Media)The sun should warm up the Heartland today. (Source: Raycom Media)
    The sun should warm up the Heartland today.  (Source: Raycom Media)The sun should warm up the Heartland today. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Good morning it is Thursday, May 24. First Alert Forecast We’ll have another mainly dry, warm day.

    Good morning it is Thursday, May 24. First Alert Forecast We’ll have another mainly dry, warm day.

  • What you need to know May 23

    What you need to know May 23

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:15 AM EDT2018-05-24 09:15:13 GMT
    Expect milder temps today (Courtesy: Heartland News)Expect milder temps today (Courtesy: Heartland News)

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, May 23 First Alert Forecast It won't be quite as muggy today. 

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, May 23 First Alert Forecast It won't be quite as muggy today. 

  • First Alert: Warm evening, not as muggy

    First Alert: Warm evening, not as muggy

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:14:10 GMT
    Sunrise over Lake Girardeau (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)Sunrise over Lake Girardeau (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)

    Temperatures will be warm this evening, but it will not be as muggy.

    Temperatures will be warm this evening, but it will not be as muggy.

Powered by Frankly