Upgrades coming to Springfield railroad crossing

Upgrades coming to Springfield railroad crossing
An Oklahoma woman was shot in the leg when a dog jumped from the backseat to the front, landing on a loaded pistol while the woman was a passenger in a pickup truck stopped at a railroad crossing.

SPRINGFIELD — The Indiana & Ohio Railroad will install lights and gates at the North Burnett Road crossing in Springfield.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Wednesday approved the construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission for the upgrade, which will receive federal funding and is expected to be complete by Aug. 6, according to a release.

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The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. Since the PUCO began implementing these evaluations, the annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 356 in 1990 to 66 in 2018.