State plans to shut deadly Jones RR crossing

The state Department of Transportation has recommended a dangerous railroad crossing in south Jones County should be closed, and unless county officials respond within 15 days, the state will take control of the situation.

Two young girls were killed at the North Eastabuchie crossing last week when their car collided with a Norfolk Southern train.

MDOT tried to close the unprotected crossing seven years ago but public opinion prompted supervisors not to close it.

7 On Your Side has learned that MDOT has sent supervisors President Andy Dial a certified letter stating its position on the crossing, giving county officials time to respond and call a public hearing.

MDOT officials say there's no reason for the crossing to remain open when there's a protected crossing 1000 feet to the south.

The Federal Railroad Administration has completed its investigation in to last week's crash and found no fault with the railroad.