Light at the End of the Tunnel For Dangerous Railroad Crossing - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Tuckerman, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Light at the End of the Tunnel For Dangerous Railroad Crossing

 TUCKERMAN, AR -- There are many railroad crossings in Region 8 that don't have any real warning for drivers other than the horn of the on-coming train.  One of those crossings is just outside the city of Tuckerman in Jackson County.  County Road 1130 leads right into a neighborhood of about five families.

Residents said the weeds along the railroad tracks are grown up and they have a hard time seeing a train coming their way.

"They acted like they were going to take care of the problem, but as you an see, we're overgrown and out of control," said Robin McCloud.

K8 News spoke with Union Pacific Director of Media Relations James Barnes Thursday afternoon and he said, "About a month ago the operation team for Union Pacific sprayed the weeds along the side of the road.  They sprayed 12 feet on each side of the tracks."

Twelve feet is the distance from the tracks the railroad is legally required to maintain. 

After telling him of the situation, Barnes also released this statement from Union Pacific:

"We are going to send a crew to maintain the right of way to sight distance.  During the summer months we will do it more frequently because the vegetation grows faster.  They are required to maintain the vegetation to twelve feet on each side of the tracks".

Barnes said a crew will be there by the end of the week.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Paragould car dealership destroyed by fire

    Paragould car dealership destroyed by fire

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:43 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:43:16 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:45 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:45:04 GMT
    (Source: Jacob Arnett)(Source: Jacob Arnett)

    A used car dealership in Paragould was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

    A used car dealership in Paragould was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

  • Region 8 man killed in early-morning crash

    Region 8 man killed in early-morning crash

    Saturday, March 25 2017 8:07 PM EDT2017-03-26 00:07:18 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:27 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:27:16 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    A Region 8 man died in a car crash early Friday morning.

    A Region 8 man died in a car crash early Friday morning.

  • Cut-A-Thon for Christopher held

    Cut-A-Thon for Christopher held

    Friday, March 24 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-03-24 19:54:00 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 8:00 PM EDT2017-03-26 00:00:27 GMT
    Christopher Copeland needs a liver transplant at UAMS to survive. (Source: Christopher Copeland)Christopher Copeland needs a liver transplant at UAMS to survive. (Source: Christopher Copeland)

    Former Jonesboro hairdresser in desperate need of liver transplant.

    Former Jonesboro hairdresser in desperate need of liver transplant.

Powered by Frankly