New Safety Measure at Melbourne Railroad Crossing

Crews were at a railroad crossing at W.H. Jackson Street in Melbourne today to install delineators to help prevent drivers from crossing the railroad tracks when the crossing arms are down.

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Officials believe that happened in two separate crashes with Brightline trains earlier this month.

Both incidents had fatal consequences.

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On January 12th, 52-year-old Lisa Batchelder and 54-year-old Michael Degasperi were killed when the pickup Batchelder was driving crossed into the path of a Brightline train.

The accident came just two days after investigators believe 62-year-old ,Charles Phillips,  drove around the crossing arms and into the path of another Brightline train at the same crossing.

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He didn’t survive the crash.

Melbourne Mayor Paul Alfrey told us, “Tomorrow night council will discuss the other long-term solutions like the quad gate, not just for Melbourne, but Brevard County and south of us.”

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