Deadly Railroad Crossing Prompts Action by Lawmakers

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM EDT

Dunkirk, NY (WKBW) -A deadly railroad crossing in the Southern Tier has residents demanding change and now Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for an investigation. In October 2009, 25-year-old Zachary Nydahl and two of his friends were struck and killed while crossing over train tracks in a rental truck on Van Buren Road in Dunkirk. Since his death, his family has been determined to make the crossing safer. Zachary's mother, Robin Putnam-Cordovano, has captured repeated mechanical malfunctions in the guard rails. In another video, she also captured a passing train with the guard rails still up in the air.

"With the guard rails going up and down people think a train is not coming and go around the barriers," said Putnam-Cordovano. "It's creating a false sense of security."

Congressman Brian Higgins is now asking the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to step in and investigate the problems at the railroad crossing. Higgins has sent a letter to the FRA for an inspection of the site.

"If those companies don't comply with making improvements we will take legislative action to ensure the public that lives here is in fact safer," said Higgins.