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 Metro 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 the tracks.
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.
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