Ambulances forced to wait at controversial train crossing Downriver

Posted at 3:23 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 13:21:52-04

(WXYZ) — Massive train delays are leading to what some call a serious safety hazard in several downriver communities. The problem is impacting traffic to a local hospital, as well as slowing down buses transporting children to school.

Train crossings have been causing more and more problems in the downriver area, according to those who live nearby. Some, are now taking to social media to highlight the problems.

“I’ve waited as much as 45 minutes, and when an ambulance is involved it really concerns me” says one neighbor.

At Beaumont Hospital in Trenton, the top administrator of the emergency room tells us any delay during an emergency transport is troubling.

“Seconds count. Minutes count. The impact of not getting here as quickly as possible can be devastating” says Natascha Barney.

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri says the problem is one that can be addressed thru new bills including some he’s introduced in the State House.

“We propose a $50 million dollar annual investment in building bridges over those crossings, and working with MDOT to prioritize the most serious areas” he says.

The proposed legislation still needs approval in the state house & senate.

Representative Camilleri says time is critical in getting it passed.

So far, a spokesperson for Canadian National Railway has not responded for comment.