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Three railroad crossings in Tangipahoa Parish set to close


Tangipahoa Parish, La.- The deaths of ten people plus an unborn baby at three unprotected railroad crossings in Tangipahoa Parish prompts the state to take action.

Next week, the Department of Transportation will shut down the crossings in Tangipahoa Parish.

The decision is dividing the community

"I think they should shut it down as soon as possible." said resident Bobbie Williams.

Frederick Hurst says "I think that this is a very important crossing, but the state just don't want to spend the money for it."

The state is set to permanently close three dangerous railroad crossings by the end of next week.

All are along the north south Highway 51 rail corridor and  all   have seen their share of death.

"My daughter, she was 18, my son, 16, my other sons 13 and 12." Cecilia Alfaro told FOX 8 back in 2010.

She lost four of her children at one of the crossings three years ago.

Her daughter was 7 months pregnant at the time.

There were no crossing arms at the intersection and Alfaro prayed something would be done.

"They really need to put anything in there, lights or something, because now today they were my kids, later they can be anybody" said Alfaro.

Those living nearby are sympathetic to the victims but say by shutting down the crossings, instead of putting up arms and flashing lights, the state's taking the easy way out.

Frederick Hurst says "It seems like they say, the four lives that they lost two years ago wasn't worth the 300-thousand dollars to put a crossing up there."

He's worried about the trickle down effect. "It's going to put so much traffic up there on that other crossing up there where the school kids and it's going to be an overload, more dangerous than ever" said Hurst.

Others say it's worth the inconvenience.

"I'd rather be ticked off and be safe and alive than to be ticked off and have a loved one die and wish I would have thought differently" said Bobbie Williams.

In any case, next week , the state will block off the three deadly crossings with barricades  in an effort to save lives down the road.



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