Car clipped by train; residents say change is needed

Car clipped by train; residents say change is needed

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A car accident involving a train at the Nixon Street crossing in Biloxi Wednesday afternoon stalled traffic for about 40 minutes. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

Maj. Jim Adamo with the Biloxi Police Department says the two people involved in the accident refused medical transport to the hospital, and no chargers have been filed.

The accident happened when a Mercedes was traveling south on Nixon toward Estes Boulevard, and was reportedly clipped by a train as it crossed the tracks.

According to the train engineer, the car tried to beat the train.

The crossing is one of several in the city with no warning lights or crossing guards to block traffic.  In addition, witnesses to the crash say they did not hear a warning horn from the train.  Residents in the area say they are worried about the safety of the crossings.

"He was crossing the track and the train hit him," said Natasha White. "He did not blow his horn and as you can see, there's no railing and there's no blinking lights. And this is not the only train tracks like that, and the city needs to do something about that. They need to be fixed."

While the train was not damaged and the two people in the car were not injured, those who live nearby stress that something has to change.

"We didn't hear the train, so I want them to actually start doing their jobs," said Telaysa Graves.

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