(Biloxi, Mississippi – March 16, 2019)
A 24-year-old Biloxi woman received a neck injury Wednesday afternoon when the pickup truck she was driving was struck and dragged by a CSX freight train at the dangerous and unguarded crossing of CSX rails and Iroquois Avenue in Biloxi.
The victim, Kelly Divine, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her crash-related injuries.
The collision was the 8th collision to occur at the CSX Iroquois crossing. Despite the numerous collisions at this crossing, there are no active warnings to warn motorists of any of the 10 CSX trains that cross there at maximum allowable speeds of 45 miles per hour.
It is virtually certain that if this crossing was equipped with active warning devices, such as lights and gates, this collision and the eight before it would not have occurred. Both CSX and Operation Lifesaver all know that lights and gates are the most effective type of protection at railroad crossings. Studies that have been conducted over fifty years ago confirm that lights and gates offer the ability to drastically reduce the number of vehicle/train accidents by as much as 96%.