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50 motorists cited for unsafe driving at rail crossings during sting

June 19, 2011 |  1:49 pm

Metrolink workers repair a broken railroad crossing arm at the tracks on Doran St. and San Fernando Road in Glendale on Friday, June 17, 2011. The arm was broken after 6 a.m.

Fifty motorists were cited over a two-day period this week for flouting crossing gates at some of Glendale’s most dangerous railroad crossings.

Metrolink, Union Pacific and Glendale police conducted the enforcement campaign Thursday and Friday for crossings at Chevy Chase Drive, Doran Street and Brazil Street because of the large number of vehicles that travel through the intersections to enter the San Fernando industrial corridor.

“We are just trying to educate people that it can ultimately be a very unsafe activity,” Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt told the Glendale News-Press.

The rail agency has deemed Doran Street to be among the most dangerous because of its proximity to a propane storage facility and the traffic gridlock that can back onto the railroad tracks.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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Photo: Metrolink workers repair a broken railroad crossing arm at the tracks at Doran Street and San Fernando Road in Glendale on June 17, 2011. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News

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