Upgrades set at deadly southwest Indiana rail crossing


Officials say safety upgrades will begin next year at a rural southwestern Indiana rail crossing where two people have died in two years.

Gibson County Commissioner Gerald Bledsoe says the county had received written confirmation from the Indiana Department of Transportation that the work at the crossing south of Princeton will include railroad gates, train-activated warning bells and train speed-based flashing signals.

The Princeton Daily Clarion reports the safety upgrades were first proposed in 2011 after a fatal car-train collision killed a Fort Branch woman. A 4-year-old girl also died there Aug. 6 when a train struck a van driven by her father.

The Aug. 28 INDOT letter says the improvements will being in nine months.