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Metro-North Says Loud Radio a Factor in Fatal Crash

The train's engineer said music was "very loud," according to an MTA spokesman.

Music was blaring from the stereo of the Subaru which struck a train in Redding on Sunday, resulting in the death of one of the car's passengers, according to the Danbury News Times.

According to Metro-North spokesman Marjorie Anders, the train's engineer said music was still playing "very loud" after the collison, the News Times reports. Anders said all of the train's warning systems—bells, whistles and lights—were  operational at the time of the accident and the train was traveling within the speed limit for that section of track. 

The accident . 

Injured in the accident were:

  • Jausheema Perkins, 19, of Danbury, the driver. She received head injuries in the accident.
  • Fakeem Morning, 19, of Danbury, a passenger who received leg injuries and was transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY.
  • James Redmond, 21, of Danbury, a passenger who also received leg injuries and also was transferred to Westchester Medical Center.

There's no gate that comes down in front of drivers to deter them from crossing the tracks when a train is coming, a fact causing some residents to express concern. 

"Metro-North should move the gates that are serving no purpose going up and down behind a fence on Church Street in Georgetown, where the Danbury line runs behind the Nissan dealer, to West Redding where a life could have been saved," Redding resident Leon Karvelis commented on Patch. "It is irresponsible of the transit agency to fail in protecting motorists on a fairly active grade crossing."

According to the News Times, Department of Transportation records indicate this is the third accident at the West Redding Train Station since 1970, and the first one resulting in a fatality. Other accidents occurred in 1989 and 2010. 

MORE COVERAGE:

  • Fatality Reported in Redding Train Accident
  • Friends of Man Killed in Redding Sunday Mourn Loss
  • Residents React to Fatal Accident on Train Tracks
Grizzled Vet January 04, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Although I despise big government telling me and my kin what to do, maybe a law requiring gates at all railroad crossings would be appropriate here. Certainly a law requiring music to be played at a lower volume in cars would not go over well with my constituents.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 03:53 PM
And a law like that would be awfully hard to enforce, I think. This is one of those situations that may get people thinking: "How loud do I play the music in my car, and is it possible it's too loud?"
Grizzled Vet January 04, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I agree Jaimie. People should think to themselves: "Hey, if this twenty minute long hippy jam-out is loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage, maybe I would have trouble hearing emergency vehicles and train signals." But hey, then again, I drive around and see folks yammering away on their cellphones or even listening to music with ear buds while driving. I wish they would unplug and tune in to what's going on around them. As the great philosopher Ferris Bueller said, "If you don't stop and look around sometimes, it might pass you by."
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 04:32 PM
The ear buds in while driving freaks me out when I see it - I feel like it's too much of a sound barrier between the driver and the rest of the world.
Grizzled Vet January 04, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Indeed. I have also observed the folks who read the newspaper in traffic during their commute. I suppose that is even worse than the people who are so obsessed with their music jam that they are not listening to reality anyway! I once had a friend who went to a concert, the 'disco muffins' or something like that. Well, ever since that show, he does not seem to listen to anything going on around him anymore. I am not sure if it was the loud music that blew out his hearing, but he is just not there anymore. We all need to focus on one thing at a time, people, I implore you.
Benjamin B. Hume January 05, 2013 at 02:07 PM
there are currently stop signs on both sides of the crossing, and the stop signs are right next to the signal that flashes red and rings a loud bell. I don't understand how any driver could miss it;.
john b January 07, 2013 at 09:50 PM
There are stop signs, flashing lights, the train has horns, lights and is a big noisy vehicle. The driver probably didn't want to wait and she lost the race. her fault - period. There are probably hundreds of cars trucks, etc... crossing there every day. just because one stupid adult - at 19 you are an adult - wasn't paying attention and killed her friend and injured the others is no reason to rethink anything. Perhaps she will pay attention from now on.

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