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Police Utilize Crash at Ungated Crossing to Preach Crossing Gate Compliance

By September 9, 2011 No Comments

(Ripley, New York )

A car that was hit and destroyed by a CSX freight train at the crossing of CSX tracks and Goodrich Street in Ripley, NY Wednesday afternoon about 5:45 P.M. fortunately resulted in no injuries. Afterward, Dunkirk, NY Police went on a crossing gate compliance campaign in the local news media.

Ironically the site of the crossing collision involving Richard L. Swoger, 69, and his passenger, Jason Swoger, 31, both of Ripley, NY, occurred at an ungated crossing. The Goodrich Street/CSX crossing is equipped only with flashing lights and bells, but Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano told The Dunkirk Observer that “To go around crossing gates simply is illegal, number one, but number two, it’s not a good thing to do.”

He added that his department, as well as both CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad police, had all written tickets for drivers going around crossing gates in the past in Dunkirk