Woman Continues Fight for Ignico Drive Crossing Arms | News
A Houston County woman is leading a small charge to get crossing arms placed at a railroad crossing that was the scene of fatal accident Memorial Day weekend.
Friday Pamela Patten and a half dozen others gathered at the crossing at Ignico Drive and Highway 247 to show their concerns. The crossing is the only one on Highway 247 in the area not equipped with safety arms. Patton told 13WMAZ that her next step is writing a letter to the railroad that operates that portion of the track, Norfolk Southern.
The Georgia Department of Transportation says it has given Norfolk Southern the go-ahead to install the crossing arms. GDOT says that they have to allow the railroad a certain amount of time to properly install the arms. According to the state's timetable that could be by November or as late as next April.
On May 27, Donnelle Reid, 31, and her 7-week-old daughter, Kinsley Reid, were killed when the car they were in was hit by a Norfolk Southern train. The driver, Willie Lyons, was critically injured. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says Lyons was released from the hospital, but will return for surgery.