Safety improvements planned for Longmeadow railroad crossing

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Safety improvements will be made to a Longmeadow railroad crossing where a DPW worker was killed last year.

MassDOT has committed $700-thousand to help Amtrak make safety upgrades at the Birnie Road railroad crossing.

Five people have died in seven collisions involving trains at the Birnie Road crossing since 1975.

Most recently, Longmeadow DPW worker Warren Cowles was killed in March of last year when an Amtrak train hit his plow truck.

New gates and warning lights will be installed next year.

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