Injunction denied, railroad crossings stay closed
AMITE - A judge denied a parish's request today to reopen several railroad crossings deemed unsafe by the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Tangipahoa Parish claimed DOTD didn't properly notify affected residents of the crossing closures under a 2012 law. DOTD responded that they began the closure process on two of the crossings in 1998, before the law was passed.
Crossings were shut down in Independence, Velma, and Tangipahoa on June 27. The state says a total of ten people have been killed at those crossings.
The parish council plans to discuss whether or not to appeal the decision at their meeting next Monday.