Deadly crossing in Hahira closed until further notice

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 12, 2018

HAHIRA, Ga. (WCTV) -- It's now been one week since a deadly train accident between a train and a dump truck in Hahira.

The crash happened at the railroad crossing on West Lawson street, which will now stay closed until further notice, and local residents say they aren't ready to see it re-open any time soon.

"I tossed and turned that night," said Lashaunda Jordan, a Hahira resident. "I can still sometimes see that vision. It's hard to see a human being laying on concrete."

Jordan, and others, say the community is also suffering.

The crossing has been debated for years. First, it was planned to close, but then, a week before the accident, a $40,000 incentive from the railroad arose, which is still on the table.

"We cross it daily three or four times," said Tim Coombs, a Hahira resident. "This intersection is just an important part of Hahira."

Some in the community say they'd like to see it fixed, with more safety measures, while others can't bare another tragedy and are hoping to see it closed for good.

According to Norfolk Southern's website, a typical sign installation, with lights and gates, could cost around $300,000 or more. However, residents say that's not the kind of cost they're weighing, many still coping with the recent death and fear it's left behind.