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Accident Once Again Highlights Danger At Railroad Crossing

Another school bus accident Monday in the same place where a Marine was killed when his car rear-ended a school bus last year is once again raising safety concerns.

Monday's accident, like that fatal one last year, happened while the school bus was stopped on railroad tracks.

There were no injuries Monday when a school bus from H.J. MacDonald Middle School was rear-ended at the James City railroad crossing along Highway 70, but it's renewing calls to stop school and activity buses from stopping on those tracks.

Highway Patrol Supervisor Kevin Rock says, "It's kind of a choke point right there in James City for traffic coming from New Bern."

County leaders and the school board want school and activity buses exempt from stopping -- both have adopted resolutions and have the support of all three state delegates.

County Commissioner Steve Tyson says, " It has to be a bill introduced in the General Assembly and passed, and it's my understanding that it will be done in this upcoming short session

Commercial vehicles and motor carriers are already exempt from stopping after fighting a similar battle.

Not only does the county have the support from delegates and the school board, but also from the Highway 70 commission and the Highway Patrol.


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