BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

 

      

MEDINA COUNTY RAILROAD SAFETY TASK FORCE

Purpose -"To be proactive in identifying and applying solutions to rail safety problems, utilizing funds from available sources, and promoting rail safety and awareness in Medina County"

Medina County Railroad Safety Task Force Members and Former Members

The Medina County Railroad Safety Task Force is to be commended for their hard work and dedication since they formed in July of 2002. Thanks to their efforts, three crossings have brand new gates and lights this year.

CROSSING AARDOT # RAILROAD LOCATION
Garman Road

473549M

Wheeling

Westfield Twp.

Beach Road

002098M

Wheeling

Sharon Twp.

Branch Road

002070W

Wheeling

York Twp.

 

Garman Road Crossing Branch Road Crossing Beach Road Crossing

 

Medina County is grateful to Vicky and Dennis Moore, Trustees for The Angels on Track Foundation, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the North American Railway Foundation, and the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad for paying for the gates and lights.

Three more crossings are in the works for 2006:

CROSSING AARDOT# RAILROAD LOCATION
Wolff at Columbia

141906V

CSX

York Twp.

Carlton near Palker

142496C

CSX

Lafayette Twp.

Kennard near Ryan

142508U

CSX

Westfield Twp.

Commissioner Pat Geissman credits Vickie and Dennis Moore, Trustees for the Angels on Track Foundation, for enlightening her about this great opportunity for Medina County. She heard the Moores speak at a County Commissioners Association meeting about other counties they have helped financially to get gates and lights at dangerous crossings. Their son, Ryan, was killed in a preventable train-car accident at a dangerous unprotected railroad crossing in 1978. The railroad was found guilty of conscious disregard and they were awarded a sizable sum, which they put into a foundation. This wonderful couple is using this money to educate on railroad safety and to put up automated gates and lights to help prevent others from losing loved ones needlessly. 400 people get killed and 1,200 seriously injured at crossings per year, which is more than commercial airline accidents. Medina County was ranked #1 in 2001 and #3 in the state for vehicle/train crashes in 2003.

Other railroad safety issues the Medina County Railroad Safety Task Force has worked on or is working on are:

Operation Lifesaver Train Ride - May 12, 2004

The Medina County Railroad Safety Task Force will move forward with the next round of evaluations of dangerous crossings and looking into other safety issues for Medina County. Casualties are 5 - 11 times more likely at railroad crossings with crossbucks or stop signs than with automated gates and Medina County still has 45 unprotected crossings. "The squeaky wheel does get the oil"!