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Mount Pleasant Considers Closing Rail Crossing Where Fatal Crash Occurred

The town of Mount Pleasant is considering closing the railroad crossing that was the scene of an accident Feb. 3 that killed five train passengers and the driver of an SUV.
The town of Mount Pleasant is considering closing the railroad crossing that was the scene of an accident Feb. 3 that killed five train passengers and the driver of an SUV. Photo Credit: NTSB

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- The town of Mount Pleasant is looking at potentially closing the train crossing where the driver of an SUV and five Metro-North passengers were killed in a crash last winter, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Feb. 3 accident caused town officials to conduct a study on whether they should divert traffic away from the crossing on Commerce Street in Valhalla. Carl Fulgenzi, the town supervisor, said that with such a major accident, "we've got to look at this," added the newspaper.

The town’s study of the potential closure was among investigation documents released Dec. 16 by the National Transportation Safety Board. The release of the documents precedes a report that will detail the safety board’s finding of probable cause in the crash, said the Wall Street Journal.

The report also noted that a traffic system that controls stoplights when trains approach “was not in compliance at the time of the crash” with federal guidelines, added the Wall Street Journal.

Click here to read the entire Wall Street Journal story.

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