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Deadly crossing may finally get upgrade

The train crash that killed a 20-year old Forrest County resident Andie Sumrall on Wednesday has renewed demands by area residents and officials to install safety signals at a crossing where seven collisions between cars and trains in the past eight years have claimed four lives.

Forrest County officials like Lynn Cartlidge and Nick Connelly say they've advocated signals there for years.

But the Mississippi Department of Transportation's railroad division has failed to approve the signal project and its estimated $100,000 to $150,000 cost.

Local officials say new housing developments going up in the area have created more traffic on Eastabuchie Road and heightened the need for signals.

And now just days after Andie Sumrall lost his life on the tracks, News 7 learned Friday that MDOT has ordered gates for the intersection. They should be installed in the next nine to 12 months.

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