Train Death Results in Arm Guard in Houston County: Will it be soon enough?
We could soon see a train guard where a recent crash killed a mother and her 1-month old daughter.
The railroad crossing at Ignico off Highway 2-47 in Houston County has been deemed dangerous by some residents and they say the plan is not happening soon enough.
After Donnell Reid and her infant child were killed on this rail road crossing in Houston County, the Georgia department of Transportation has released a plan to install a crossing arm immediately.
The chart released says that the arm will be installed by April 2013, and a local Pastor and resident of the area, don't seem to think that is immediate.
Harvey Bee, Sr. Pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, says he's grateful, but a year is very far away. "Any news is great but the greater news would be sooner."
Residents that use the crossing every day say, many more lives can be taken before the instillation takes place.
Sue Myers, a lifelong resident of Warner Robins, adds “It should be fixed, it should be already fixed."
Community members says it's hard to think of any one losing their lives like this and the recent death in front of Christian Fellowship Church hits the heart of the Churches leadership. "It' devastating to lose any life." adds Pastor Bee.
The pastor of Christian Fellowship says his church has been here for about ten years and in this time he can think of about five deaths that happen at this railroad crossing. He says that this concern is not a new one for him and his congregation, that they have been concerned about his area for a long time.
Pastor Bee says "Something could have been done before now." For Pastor Bee, there is a since of urgency, he worried for the members of his congregation traveling back and forth to church, he also worries for those traveling that just happen to live in the area.
Those living in the area agree that this problem should have been taken care of years ago. "It should have been already done, it's should have been done when that first wreck happened." says Myers. For the local residents and leaders around Ignico Drive, it's hard to understand what has take so long for the environmental approval process to begin.
"Knowing that we are the only site not to have a rail road crossing raises an eyebrow to everybody." adds Pastor Bee.
Though the Department of Transportation says there is a plan in action, residents want results now.
Myers final thoughts, “How many deaths are going to have to happen before they find the money to get it done?"