News 5 Investigates: A History Of Crashes At Biloxi Site

Peter: THANKS ALISON… TURNING NOW TO NEWS FIVE INVESTIGATION… peter: THAT RAILROAD CROSSING IN BILOXI…. WHERE FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED….. HAS BEEN A TROUBLE SPOT FOR YEARS. NEWS FIVE’S CHAD PETRI HAS THE STORY. Chad Petri: The road that runs along the railroad tracks in Biloxi is named after the city’s first African American Councilman–who also lost his life right here. John Kemp, lives nearby: “This Street is named after Michael Esters, a city councilman who was killed in the 80’s when I was a kid right here at the same very track, this is Esters Boulevard and it’s named after him because he was killed on the train tracks” Chad Petri: Before Tuesday’s disaster there have been 16 accidents at this intersection including two fatalities since 1976. People nearby want changes. Bradley Raye, Works Near Intersection: Well it’s too steep, it’s too steep John Kemp, lives nearby: “We’ve always said that one day somebody’s not going to have enough time to get off the tracks and that’s exactly what happened” Chad: city officials say this is what they call a “protected intersection. ” Vincent Creel, City of Biloxi: That means it has the bells it has the whistles it has the flashing lights, it has the crossbars that block traffic. Chad: City officials also pointing out this intersection has ample signage warning drivers of low ground clearance and the hill is so high that some drivers bottom out on it anyway. In Biloxi, Chad Petri, News 5. Peter: HOMEOWNERS SAY THE SAME HIGH RAILROAD INTERSECTION CAN BE FOUND ALL ALONG THE TRACKS IN BILOXI. RECENTLY A DELIVERY TRUCK WAS STUCK AT THE SAME INTERSECTION BUT THE DRIVER ESCAPED BEFORE THE COLLISION.

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