Two Passengers Killed, Driver Seriously Injured in Alabama at Dangerous, Unguarded CSX Crossing
(Greenville, Alabama –November 23, 2017)
Two passengers riding in a car driven by Justin Dewayne Simpson, 30, of Greenville, AL, were killed when the car collided with a CSX freight train. The collision occurred at the dangerous and unguarded crossing of CSX rails and Solomon Hill Road, eight miles south of Greenville Thursday evening about 8:32 P.M. Killed in the crash was Brittany Harris, 22, 0f Greenville as well as another passenger who has not yet been identified by Alabama law enforcement authorities.
The driver, Justin Simpson, was airlifted to Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery, AL for treatment of his serious injuries suffered in the collision. The collision where this crossing took place accommodates an average of 15 CSX freight trains daily at speeds up to 50 mph.
As discussed, the crossing is unguarded and lacks any type of active warning device, such as lights and gates, to warn motorists of an oncoming train. It is virtually certain that if this crossing was protected by active warning devices, this collision would not have occurred. Both CSX and Operation Lifesaver 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%.