What will it take to address train issue?

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 18, 2006

To the Editor:

Is someone going to have to get killed at a railroad crossing before the city begins enforcing its law that trains cannot block crossings for more than 10 minutes?

A tragedy was barely averted after dark on New Year’s Eve when a young man ran into a train, which the railroad had left unattended and blocking the crossing at Oak Street.

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The railroad had put not put out flashing lights or any other signals to indicate that they had parked a train across the Oak Street crossing after dark.

The area is poorly and dimly lit and it would be almost impossible to see a black train car after dark parked across the crossing if you were coming around the corner from the bar b que place.

At least two other people narrowly avoided running into the train before one person did.

Although the person’s vehicle was a total wreck, thankfully the person was not injured.

Generally, railroads are responsible, corporate citizens, but in recent weeks in Selma, they have been a great inconvenience to our citizens, have violated our law by blocking crossings more than 10 minutes at a time, and on

New Year’s Eve at Oak Street were clearly negligent.

The city needs to begin enforcing its own laws.


Cecil Williamson

Councilman Ward 1