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Second Person Dies After Collision at Non-gated MTA Crossing

(Redding, Connecticut – January 4, 2013)

The driver of a Subaru carrying four people that was struck by a deadheading Metro North/Metropolitan Transit Authority train of unoccupied passenger equipment at the non-gated crossing of MTA railroad tracks and Long Ridge Road near the West Redding passenger station in Redding, CT, has succumbed to the injuries she suffered in the December 30 accident.

The tragedy had already claimed the life of 19-year-old Jausheema Perkins’ boyfriend, Wayne Balacky, 21, also of Danbury, CT, and left two of the car’s passengers, James Redmond, 21, and Fakeem Morning, 19, both of Danbury as well, hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, and Ms. Perkins had earlier been transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT for treatment of her injuries.

The MTA/Long Ridge Road crossing was equipped with flashing lights and bells, but lacked crossing gates, a situation which had drawn serious criticism from the surrounding community.