Okla. Transportation Dept. To Look At Railroad Crossing Safety Following Deadly Crash

POTEAU (KFSM) -- The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has scheduled a special meeting to expedite the railroad grade crossing safety program following a deadly car versus train accident in Poteau this summer.

LeFlore County commissioners and officials with the Kansas City Southern Railway have been invited to the meeting. The railroad crossing of concern in LeFlore County are located on Old Pike Road near Forest Hill Road.

"We had a fatality accident here recently in the county," said Lance Smith, LeFlore County commissioner for District 2. "I think it would be good for the county to go through and to look at all our crossings and see what type of safety issues we may have and see if maybe anything needs to be done to make these crossings safer for the county."

The transportation department plans to take a look at crossing conditions, establish a recommended level of warning, calculate a preliminary estimate of improvement costs and negotiate the funding of the proposed improvements.

This comes a month after April Goines and her three sons were killed at a railroad crossing on Dewey Avenue in Poteau. The crossing did not have crossing arms when her vehicle was struck by a train. Goines' daughter was the only survivor.

"Little Jaquelynn is home from the hospital," Panama school counselor Janet Hopson said. "She's had lots of prayers going up and we are so glad of everything she has come through. She's doing as well as possible."

Crossing arms are now being put in at the Dewey Avenue railroad crossing following an examination by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The transportation department diagnostics team will also meet to look at four railroad crossing locations in Adair County.

The department will hold its special meeting Sept. 27.

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5 comments

  • Jon Brawn

    Before you get yourself killed there ignorant person calling victims stupid.

    Stopping— leaves you in the kill zone of the train longer especially in wet/slick /humped crossing conditions and your vehicle is more apt to stall out from a stop. Plus the getting rear ended factor.
    Look —The railroads/state/Feds are dirty and don’t mandate the train speeds to be lower than the sight lines given the crossing users. Called a DEADLY TRAP. Plus the trains are not mandated to be lit up like Christmas trees. LOOK AND SEE!!!
    Listen—-Their are no train horns at 1,000s of private crossings. Listen for squirrels eating nuts or what?
    Now ___The bottom dweller railroads know this but makes/saves $$$ which they worship by not having the proper signals/sight lines/advance video etc…etc… and even the $10 “W” whistle sign markers needed to mark the crossings coming up. When the payouts for killing injuring KIDS becomes greater on the railroads worshiped bottom line all the buying off of safety officials will

    • Charles McManus

      Jon, if you want to stop in the, as you say, “kill zone” to look for the train you deserve what you get. I have yet to see a modern diesel engine that was not “lit up like a Christmas Tree”. The rest of your rant makes no sense so is impossible to reply to.

      • Jon Brawn

        Well train on the brain railroad foamer maybe you take a reading comprehension course.It doesn’t say stop in the kill zone. It takes longer to get through the kill zone from a dead stop. And I have seen umbrella handles with better lighting then on the trains bombs. And if you don’t understand sight obstructions just put your hands over your eyes. Hope that helps.

  • Charles McManus

    You know people folks need to realize even n engine with only on or two cars out weighs your puny car by many thousands of pounds. The locomotives have an average weight would about 200 tons while your car or pickup is a couple of tons at most. Who do you think will “win” in a collision It sure won’t be the car or even a semi.