No Warning Lights / Gate At Site of Deadly Collision

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- On Thursday morning, questions were being asked surrounding the safety of a road that was the site of deadly accident the day before.

The accident happened on Goose Creek Road in Fishersville on Wednesday evening.

According to police, 46-year-old Andrea Gum died when an Amtrak train passing over Goose Creek Road hit her car as she was pulling out of her driveway.

As of right now, a stop sign and a "Railroad Crossing" sign are the only warnings for drivers passing over the tracks.

Now, atleast one neighbor on the street is wondering why there aren't more devices to alert drivers.

Since Goose Creek Road is a private road, the landlord who oversees the property is the one responsible for putting up lights and gates. However, it is not a requirement for the landlord to do so.

Research done by the Virginia Department of Transportation shows big differences between private and public roads.

Of the 38 state roads that pass over train tracks in Augusta County, 85% of them have both a gate and warning lights to alert drivers of oncoming trains.

The rest of the state roads in the area contain one of the devices. None of them are unmarked.

Since private roads are not required to have warning lights or a gate, State Police say it is crucial for drivers to be extra alert when crossing them.

"It's important when motorists go over an unmarked road, on a private road specifically, to stop, look, and listen," explained Sergeant Frank Pyanoe. "If there's a limited distance you can see a train, you may only have your ears to rely on."

None of the passengers aboard the Amtrak train were hurt in the crash. The engineer also added that he tried to stop the train before hitting the car, but couldn't do so in time.


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