Dangerous railroad crossing provokes community response

People are speaking out after a car versus train accident in Terre Haute last week. It happened at the railroad crossing at 15th Street and Washington Avenue.

Posted: Dec 19, 2017 8:09 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2017 8:10 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - People are speaking out after a car versus train accident in Terre Haute last week.

It happened at the railroad crossing at 15th Street and Washington Avenue.

We returned once the accident was cleaned up.

Within minutes of being there, we witnessed someone speeding up to cross the tracks, with an oncoming train.

If you look at the video, you’ll see the lights flashing, signaling that a train is about to pass. The sirens were also screeching.

According to Indiana law, every driver is required to stop for a train when the lights flash. It's also against the law to drive around lowered gates.

The crossing at 15th and Washington doesn’t have crossing arms, which is something a nearby business owner wants to see changed.

“We'd really like to see someone come put arms down where they can't run the train,” said Lynn Utterback with Absolute Towing. “We think it would really help a lot with catastrophe happening.”

"There are probably 15 to 25 trains a day. At least four to six people a day run this crosswalk," said Utterback. 

We reached out to CSX who owns the railroad. They referred us to local law enforcement to find out what caused last week's accident.

No word yet on the official cause.

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