Railroad News

Motorist Injured At Dangerous, Unguarded BNSF Crossing

(Jasper, Alabama – April 7, 2012)

An as-yet unnamed resident of Jasper, AL was injured Saturday afternoon about 1:15 P.M. when his Monte Carlo was struck and heavily damaged by a 71-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of BNSF tracks and 31st Street in the Coke Oven section of Jasper, AL.

The intersection has no automatic protective systems like flashing lights, bells or gates to separate motorists from oncoming trains, relying instead on passive railroad crossbuck signs to indicate the presence of a railroad crossing.

Jasper Police Dept. Patrol Officer James Lester said “It appears as if he saw the train late and just slammed on his brakes,” who added that, although the incident was still under investigation, he anticipated no charges being filed.

“It looks like it was just an accident,” continued Lester. “There was no alcohol or drugs involved. The train was doing the speed limit. I think the driver just didn’t notice the train until it was too late.”

The victim was taken by ambulance to Baptist Medical Center-Princeton for treatment of his injuries.