An east Fort Worth railroad crossing that’s widely considered one of the most dangerous points on the Trinity Railway Express line is closing today.
A train-versus-automobile crash at the Galvez Avenue site Jan. 28 was apparently the last straw. No one was hurt in that crash, but it was the fourth such collision at the intersection in 10 years.
“We’re closing it on a temporary, emergency basis,” Fort Worth Transportation Authority spokeswoman Joan Hunter said. She added that TRE officials would then begin a process with Fort Worth city officials to close the Galvez Avenue intersection permanently in the coming weeks.
Of the four collisions at the crossing near Riverside Drive, one was a fatality, Hunter said. In the Jan. 28 incident, a braking train struck a car stopped on the track.
The closure “is a safety precaution due to multiple collisions at that location caused by motorists driving through or around lowered crossing gates and not heeding flashing lights that warn them to stop for approaching trains,” a TRE press release states. “TRE will install barricades and concrete barriers to prevent motorists from crossing the tracks. Motorists who have used the Galvez Avenue crossing will still have access to the neighborhood from 4th Street.”
The installation of barricades began Monday and likely will be completed Tuesday, Hunter said.
The TRE has experienced eight other collisions during the past 10 years – one each at eight different intersections.