Woman crossing railroad tracks killed after being hit by a train in Springfield
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Woman crossing railroad tracks killed after being hit by a train in Springfield

August 12, 2019


RICH: A WOMAN WAS KILLED TRYING TO CROSS THE TRAIN TRACKS IN SPRINGFIELD’S NORTH END ON MONDAY. 22NEWS REPORTER TAYLOR KNIGHT IS LIVE IN THE STUDIO AFTER SPEAKING WITH PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY NEED BETTER OPTIONS FOR CROSSING THE TRACKS. TAYLOR: THAT WOMAN WAS KILLED WHILE TRYING TO CROSS THE TRAIN TRACKS NEAR THE PLAINFIELD STREET SOCCER FIELD. PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREA TOLD 22NEWS THAT THE TRACKS PROVIDE A SHORT CUT TO REACH BIRNIE AVENUE AND MAIN STREET. BUT, AMTRAK SAID IT’S BOTH DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL TO CROSS THE TRACKS ANYWHERE BUT A DESIGNATED CROSSING … AND IT COULD RESULT IN A $100 FINE. THERE ARE DESIGNATED CROSSINGS AT WASON AVENUE AND ROUTE 20, BUT ONE WOMAN TOLD 22NEWS, THIS PATH IS THE SAFEST OPTION THEY HAVE. MIRIAM GONZALEZ “THERE’S LIKE A SMALL AREA ON THE BRIDGETHAT’S REALLY TINY. TO ME, THAT’S A LOT MORE DANGEROUS THAN CROSSING THE TRAIN TRACKS. IF ANYTHING.” TAYLOR: MASSDOT IS PLANNING TO CONSTRUCT AN UNDERPASS THAT GOES UNDER THE TRAIN TRACKS, AND CONNECTS PLAINFIELD STREET TO BIRNIE AVE. A MASSDOT SPOKESPERSON TOLD 22NEWS THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED, AND CONSTRUCTION SHOULD BEGIN LATER THIS SPRING. TAYLOR ON 22NEWS STARTING AT 5, HEAR FROM THE GRAND-DAUGHTER OF THE WOMAN WHO WAS KILLED, AND WHY SHE SAYS SHE WANTS JUSTICE FOR HER GRANDMOTHER.

3 Comments

  • Reply I Drink Legos March 28, 2019 at 8:00 am

    MAKE AN OVERPASS!! Underpasses are notorious for hosting muggings and rapes.

  • Reply showboardguy April 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Nothing to see here folks

  • Reply BNSF railfanning Productions April 16, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    There’s pedestrian crossings for that

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