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Neighbors Speak Out About Railroad Crossing Following Weekend Train Crash

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Neighbors Speak Out About Railroad Crossing Following Weekend Train Crash

CREATED Jun 15, 2014
by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Saturday night, five teens were hurt in west Nashville when a train crashed into their SUV.  Neighbors living near the site of crash say something needs to be done to improve crossing safety before it's too late.

The accident occurred near Highway 70 and McCroy Lane. Metro Police said the driver pulled too close to the tracks and the vehicle was clipped by the train as it passed.

All five teenagers survived but this is the second crash at that crossing in the last three months.

The crossing , which is located a busy intersection, does not have any gates used to stop traffic, but it does have lights and bells, along with the approaching train's horn.

 Residents living nearby say as long people continue to stop on the tracks, the crashes will continue.

“I know the last two or three people that have gotten into wrecks there were sober, so it's got to be people just on their phone or not paying attention,” said Shad Hannah, who lives nearby.

Back in March, a train crashed into a woman's S-U-V at the same crossing.  The woman was injured but survived.

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