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WHITE CASTLE - After a train accident killed three people in a car that tried to cross the tracks while a guard rail was down, residents want changes to a rail line through the town.

Clifton Davis, 37, Courtney Canada, 25, and Andrea Foster, 33, were killed in the crash.

Union Pacific says the crossing rails and lights were working properly when the crash happened, which means the driver likely ignored the warnings.

"I wasn't surprised, me and my wife have been noticing people crossing the railroad when the arms were down," said Eric Jackson, who lives near the tracks.

Some people think the train should be slowed down, even if people are ignoring the warnings, to make it safer through the town.

"The trains are allowed to go extremely fast in White Castle, and I, many, many times have questioned why, because in other towns they go slow," said Alice Wesley, who lives near the rails.

Operation Lifesaver says a freight train carries at least 12 million pounds of mass, which means a driver is 40 times more likely to be killed in a crash with a train, than a car.

The White Castle Police department says the crash is still under investigation.


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