A woman died Tuesday after her vehicle was struck by a train. It happened at the railroad crossing on Bayou Avenue at Highway 43 in Satsuma.
Police have identified the victim as 22-year-old Wendi Thomas.
As family and friends mourn the loss of Thomas, city officials are in the process of forming a new safety plan. The city said this is the only railroad intersection in Satsuma without railroad guards. "They need to have one of those cross things, when it comes down on the road" said Dora Sutton a bystander at the collision.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration there have been five accidents in the exact same intersection prior to Tuesday's fatality. It will cost $300,000 to install railroad guards Mayor Tom Williams said.
"It seems to be a matter of money and the railroad has a list of crossings that they feel are very important to have crossing arms and this was way down the list" he said.
Williams said the city is working with the Alabama Department of Transportation and railroad officials to put warning signs right before the railroad tracks. He hopes to implement the new safety plan as soon as possible.
He added, "Having a sign here to alert people at the railroad, that would have a flashing light that will also coordinate with the flashing lights at the track, we would have one right here and about 50 yards back up the street."
Thomas' friends said she took part in archery at Alma Bryant High School. Her teammate, Hannah Marie, sent this message to FOX10 News, "She was a role model to a lot of us and she had a huge impact on me and archery."
The last fatality at the same intersection was in 2011 according to the Satsuma Police Department.
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