Grieving Mother Continues Fight To Make Railroad Crossing Safe


It was at a railroad crossing in Sedgwick that Briana Arford, 24, was killed more than 8 months ago. Now, her mother is turning grief into action.

"We're not having a traditional Christmas and you know she had a baby and he always had a good Christmas so he's going to have a good Christmas," said Arford's mother, Vanessa Gray. "It won't be quite the same fashion."

It's a black and white christmas for Gray and her family. Black are the ornaments and white is the tree.

Anything traditional, Gray says, would just be too hard ... a reminder of her daughter.

"It's a very hard time for us," she says.

Along with attending monthly city council meetings to voice her concerns about the safety of the crossing, Gray organized a candlelight vigil which was held on November 2, Briana's birthday. She would have been 25-years-old.

"We're down here at the rally, at the candlelight, the whole family and then friends and the community. They say they're with us."

Gray says it's her mission that's keeping her going. One she says she'll fight to see come to fruition .. no matter how long it takes.

Briana's mother says she'd be satisfied seeing just some extra markings at the crossing. She says the lack of lights or arms makes it very dangerous.

Gray says at the last three Sedgwick city council meetings a measure to vote on the installation of lights or crossing arms was tabled.

The council meeting scheduled for Monday night was canceled.

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