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Railroad Crossing Causes Problems for Savannah Man

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A Savannah man wanted his voice heard after his accident at a local railroad intersection, so he turned to news 3 for help.

As drivers head to a stop sign at East 40th street and Abercorn they first have to pass by a railroad crossing signal.

"You can't see the flashing light when you are up there in front of it. "

And that's a problem Egan Sheppard ran into. He says as he was waiting to turn at the stop sign he got a rude awakening.

"You don't see any lights, you are right underneath the arm, and when it goes ding ding ding then you see the arm coming down right away your stuck," explained Sheppard.

Sheppard says the crossing arm came down and took his car's antenna off.

He filed a claim against the city for the costs but he won't be seeing any money from them.

"We did determine that the city not at fault in this accident," explained Bret Bell, Savannah City Spokesperson. "The traffic control devices were acting properly."
Bret Bell says the city's traffic engineer reviewed that intersection and did not see any immediate traffic hazards.

"We have an accident history of every location in Savannah and the one thing he did know this is the first reported accident at this location in our records," said Bell.

Bell says the intersection is odd because the train travels diagonally so even if you did miss the red flashing lights there still is a safe way to avoid the crossing arms.

"If you are at the stop sign and the train signal starts flashing what you want to do is clear that intersection quickly without crossing the train tracks, you can just go straight to the left or pull off to the side of the road."
Bell says the city's hands are tied when it comes to moving any of the railroad signals because the operations are governed by federal law.

The city says it will continue to monitor this intersection and asks if anyone else has safety concerns to call 311 so they can see if more needs to be done.

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