Capital Metro will be upgrading its private railroad crossings over the
next five years to avoid any repeats of an April accident in which a light
rail struck a car, killing a man and injuring his two sons.
The plan to add flashing lights and bells to six private railroad crossings
was announced by Melvin Clark, vice president of rail operations for Capital
Metro, at the agency’s operations and planning committee meeting
on Monday. Other upgrades include gates and, at three of the crossings,
replacing ballast with concrete. The total improvement project will cost
Capital Metrol roughly $1 million.
On April 30, a train struck and killed Jeremy Barta at a dirt crossing
south of Scofield Ridge Parkway and MoPac Boulevard. His two sons were
taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center and made full recoveries.
Neighbors and friends of Barta believe his car may have gotten stuck on
Since March 2011, there have been 13 incidents involving trains and vehicles
along Capital Metro lines. In four cases, vehicles struck trains. In four
others, trains struck vehicles. In the remaining five, the vehicles were
involved in near misses with trains.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a
railroad accident, it’s time to call the Kyle Law Firm. You may be entitled to legal
compensation to help pay for your injuries.Contact the Kyle Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with Matt Kyle, named a Texas Super
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