Improvements Slow To Be Made After Train Fatality

Work to upgrade the Longmeadow  railroad crossing where a public works employee was killed in March is  being included in MassDOT's work plan for the next fiscal year.   

Officials say they're pleased with the planned upgrades, which  the town had sought for decades before Warren Cowles, who was plowing  snow at the crossing at Tina Lane and Birnie Road, was hit by an Amtrak  train.  

His sister says the improvements should be immediate and not have to wait until the next budget cycle.  Improvements are expected to cost about 800 thousand dollars.

The crossing has no lights, gates or bells warning of oncoming  trains, and there have been five deaths there since 1975. 

(Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

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