Niagara Falls wants CSX to fix dangerous railroad crossings

Posted at 6:33 PM, Mar 16, 2018

After a number of complaints and damage to vehicles, the City of Niagara Falls is now calling on CSX to fix problem railroad crossings on Hyde Park Boulevard near Route 31 and close to Niagara University.

The crossings have badly deteriorated with cracks, potholes, and pieces scattered about.

Many drivers accuse CSX of failing to perform needed maintenance on the crossings.

Louis Antonacci, one of the owners of the Como Restaurant, said he and his wife were nearly hit by a train on the crossings several weeks ago because the signal lights were not working in addition to the bad road conditions.

"I was just in a little bit of shock when it happened," said Antonacci, who filed a complaint with police.

Several drivers told 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly that their cars and trucks are being damaged by going over the crossings which severely rattle and shake vehicles.

Some of the crossings are active for train traffic but not all.

John Caso, Niagara Falls Director of Public Works, said he plans to talk with CSX about making the necessary repairs.  However, if discussions don't produce results, Caso said he will ask the NYS Department of Transportation to intervene in order to get the dangerous crossings repaired.

Ed Reilly has more in his report.