MOORPARK (CBSLA.com) — Officials revealed plans on Monday to enhance the safety of several railroad crossings throughout Southern California.
The project, which includes major safety changes to several railroad crossings, comes in response to a deadly crash that involved a Metrolink commuter train and a vehicle.READ MORE: Bill Clinton Reportedly To Be Released Soon From UCI Medical Center
In February, the train collided with an abandoned produce truck and then subsequently derailed near 5th Street and Rice Avenue in Oxnard, officials explained.
The train’s engineer, 62-year-old Glen Steele, died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision and 27 passengers were injured.
While many railroad crossings appear to be perfectly safe, Metrolink officials report the crossings are in need of upgrades.READ MORE: Three Teenagers Critically Wounded At Halloween House Party In Whittier
“We have more than 800 crossings that Metrolink traverses through the six county system,” said Scott Johnson of Metrolink media relations. “Its imperative that each and every crossing receives this attention. Right now, half of them do.”
Enhancements — such as wider crossways, new vehicle exit gates, sidewalks, handrails and automatic pedestrian gates — will be made at four railroad crossings in Simi Valley and Moorpark.
The improvements are aimed to prevent tragedies from happening.
The project has been backed by county, state and city funding.MORE NEWS: Suspect Arrested In Death Of Man At Newport Pier
Construction will begin on Tuesday, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.