Sherman residents call for improvements to busy intersection

Commuters who travel across the intersection of 3rd and Main streets say they are ready for the city to install railroad arms in an effort to make the intersection safer.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 7:33 PM

SHERMAN, Miss. (WTVA) - Commuters who travel across the intersection of 3rd and Main streets say they are ready for the city to install railroad arms in an effort to make the intersection safer.

Krystal Simmons has lived in Sherman for more than 20 years. She says she’s seen too many crashes at the 3rd and Main intersection.

Commuter and Sherman resident Melissa Hester agrees and says the extra lights and sirens that sound when trains go by are not enough to alert people.

The Federal Railroad Administration reported three other accidents at this intersection. One person died in 2018.

The latest car-train collision happened Thursday. One person walked away with minor injuries.

The public information officer for MDOT, Jace Ponder, says in order to install arms, the Burlington North and Santa Fe Railway, who own the railroad, and the City of Sherman would have to agree to put them in.

City leaders say they are working with MDOT to make the intersection safer. Commuters are warning everyone to stay alert.

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