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: LA Council Approves Ordinance To Make Plastic Utensils Available By Request Only At Restaurants
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: Torrance Woman Arrested In Mistaken ID Revenge Murder Of NorCal Rapper
“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: Mother-Daughter Team Win Decade-Long Battle To Bring Sidewalks To San Bernardino County Community Of Muscoy
Construction will begin on Tuesday, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.