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Two railroad crossings in Gibson Co. receiving safety upgrades

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Two railroad crossings in Gibson County are receiving safety upgrades.  

Gibson County Commissioner Gerald Bledsoe says that the railroad crossing on County Road 550 South will be getting light signals and a drop bar, all things that Bledsoe says are long overdue.

The intersection has been the site of three deaths in the past two years. The most recent death was a four-year-old-girl who was killed in August when the car she was in was hit by a train.  

"The reason why this intersection is so bad is there are two sets of tracks. Without any lights, you don't know where that other train is and if somebody comes through and does not stop at the crossing, they cant see until it is too late," Bledsoe says.

Now, thanks to the Indiana Department of Transportation and the railroad company, CSX Transportation, the crossing and one on County Road 650 South are receiving upgrades, overhear lights, drop bars or railroad gates, and even warning bells.  

"It is a tremendous advantage for safety and I am delighted this is coming about," Bledsoe shares.

Although Bledsoe says he is not sure of the exact timelines, he hopes that both of these railroad crossings will have their upgrades completed before the fall. 

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