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Parents of train crash victim working to create safer crossing in Osceola

Captured video of motorists dangerously crossing tracks with gates down
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 5:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM EDT
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OSCEOLA, Ind. (WNDU) -Caught on camera.

Multiple cars drove around a railroad gate on Ash rd to cross the tracks on Saturday when the gate failed to go back up following a train.

16 News Now spoke to the woman who captured this footage to learn how she's working to make crossing these track safer.

Stacy Reeves took the footage of cars dangerously driving across the tracks while tending her son's memorial nearby.

He died after being struck by a train while crossing the tracks when the gates were down.

Reeves is now working to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else again.

A scene that hits too close to home for the Reeves.

Cars taking a risk while crossing the tracks with the gates down. Reeves said these malfunctions frustrate drivers on a weekly basis.

"They malfunction, and it's not just a once in a blue moon thing. It happens weekly. Sometimes there is a train coming really slow but it's just not even the malfunctioning gates. It's trains that will stop and block every crossing in Osceola for an hour or longer," said Osceola Resident Stacy Reeves.

Reeves lost her son Frank Reeves Jr. nearly two years ago while he tried to cross the tracks with the gates down.

"It's been a really tough 22-months and I would never want another family to go through what we did," Stacy said.

"When the police and everyone showed up here around 8:30 in the morning, that let us know that was our son--no--my heart just dropped," said her husband Frank Reeves Sr.

Since Frank Jr.'s passing, his parents are working with state lawmakers to create a safer path across the train track in Osceola.

"136 pages long. I have shared this petition with the state governor," Stacy said.

She says an underpass could create a more efficient and safe way for people in Osceola to bypass the train tracks.

Working to eliminate a risk for drivers that could cost them their lives.

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