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New Plan To Make New Jersey Railroad Crossings Safer

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Railroad Crossing (file / credit: clipart.com)

Railroad Crossing (file / credit: clipart.com)

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GARFIELD, NJ (CBSNewYork) - A deadly accident has officials in New Jersey trying to make it safer for pedestrians make it past railroad crossings.

WCBS 880′s Sean Adams On The Story


A new sign to be tested in Garfield will flash and warn pedestrians that a second train is approaching.

At the Plauderville station, there’s a memorial of flowers and stuffed animals for a 13-year-old boy. Last fall, after a train passed, he slipped under the crossing gate, unaware that a second train was approaching from the opposite direction.

Commuter Vincent Matthews told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams on Thursday that he’s seen this before.

“I’ve seen it in the past… The conductor of the train yells out why it’s against the law and everything else, you could get killed,” he said.

NJ TRANSIT will also go to schools to educate children about railroad crossings and they’ll study using gate skirts to prevent pedestrians from ducking under.

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