Increased deaths reveal shortcomings in railroad crossing safety - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Increased deaths reveal shortcomings in railroad crossing safety

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Miss Georgia visits Phoebe NICU

    Miss Georgia visits Phoebe NICU

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:30:13 GMT
    Miss Georgia dropped by Albany Tuesday morning to visit babies at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.Southwest Georgia Native Maggie Bridges, who was crowned just last month, visited the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.The national platform for the Miss America organization is the Children's Miracle Network.But Miss Georgia say this region's C-M-N hospital, Phoebe Putney, has always been important to her."I just spoke to a couple of parents who were giving me the rundown of how much help...More >>
    Miss Georgia dropped by Albany Tuesday morning to visit babies at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.Southwest Georgia Native Maggie Bridges, who was crowned just last month, visited the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.The national platform for the Miss America organization is the Children's Miracle Network.But Miss Georgia say this region's C-M-N hospital, Phoebe Putney, has always been important to her."I just spoke to a couple of parents who were giving me the rundown of how much help...More >>
  • Valdosta florist helping bring smiles to elderly South Georgians

    Valdosta florist helping bring smiles to elderly South Georgians

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:06:36 GMT
    Around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, 135 bouquets of flowers were delivered to the Fellowship assisted living center and nursing home in Brooks County...and so were the smiles.More >>
    Around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, 135 bouquets of flowers were delivered to the Fellowship assisted living center and nursing home in Brooks County...and so were the smiles.More >>
  • Giant snake caught in Columbus

    Giant snake caught in Columbus

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:36:39 GMT
    Snake experts from Jarrod's Affordable Wildlife Eviction caught a python that was between 10 and 11 feet long, Saturday in North Columbus.  It seems the snake was kept as a pet, and got away from itsMore >>
    Snake experts from Jarrod's Affordable Wildlife Eviction caught a python that was between 10 and 11 feet long, Saturday in North Columbus.More >>
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

More than 3,300 public rail crossing throughout the state lack gate and bell systems. The absence is proving to be lethal with 47 highway rail crossing deaths or injuries being totaled last year.

The impact was felt in the Tift County community last year where two young men died.

"My two cousins had a tragedy, where the train hit them because there were no lights," said Tifton resident Larry Dean Sr. "It kind of tears the community apart, so we need to do something to get that straightened out."

Chris Bolden, an engineer with the Department of Transportation says they must account for vehicle traffic and prior incidents before deciding next where to install the systems. The department receives $8 million federally every year for railroad crossing safety.

The systems cost between $250,000-$350,000.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.