Corporation Commission orders railroad crossing closed

- A railroad crossing is closing at a busy Phoenix intersection, as the Arizona Corporation Commission says there are not enough safeguards in place.

Federal transportation officials call the crossing, located at 35th Avenue and Indian School Road, one of the most dangerous railroad crossings in the United States, and the Commission unanimously called for BNSF railway company to close the crossing, unless an agreement on safety adjustments is reached before May 19.

Commissioners say city, state and rail officials failed to follow through on improvements proposed back in 2013. New signals were added to the north side of the crossing, but not the south side. The Commission says that had led to some confusion.

A survey by the Federal Railroad Administration shows that five of the 15 most dangerous railroad crossings in the country are in the Phoenix metro area, all of them along Grand Avenue between 27th Avenue and 51st Avenue. Three are in phoenix, and two are in Glendale.

While there haven't been any fatalities, there have been several injuries after vehicle and train crashes, and people being hit by crossing the tracks.

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