Osceola's railroad crossings could pose threat to drivers

Osceola's railroad crossings could pose threat to drivers
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore is trying to bring awareness to the danger he believes the town's railroad crossings can cause.

The city has 10 rail road crossings and six of those are within a mile of each other.

These crossings lack cross arms, which can pose a danger to traffic, according to Mayor Kennemore.

In the past, Kennemore said they have seen a high volume of freight and oil transportation along with a high volume of drivers.

With the increase in trains traveling through the area, there's a greater chance of an accident, Kennemore said.

"A crossing would be safer with a cross arm just in its self regardless of the traffic, but when you add the increase in traffic that we've seen over the past few years then it makes it even more of a concern about collisions," he said.

Railroad Company Burlington Northern wants to install crossing arms for the city.

In return, Burlington Northern is asking the town to close three of the railroad crossings.

According to Kennemore, Burlington Northern said 10 crossings is a lot for a town of Osceola's size.

Kennemore said he is working with the city council to decide whether to work with Burlington Northern.

He said he can't recall any fatalities at the crossings, but there has been accidents in the past.

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