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Railroad Commissioner warns Marshfield of changes if accidents aren't reduced

Marshfield Railroad Crossing- Maple Ave. and Veterans Parkway
Marshfield Railroad Crossing- Maple Ave. and Veterans Parkway

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) -- A representative for Wisconsin’s Railroad Commissioner is warning of more problems for an accident-plagued Marshfield train crossing, if the crossing is not temporarily closed for more study.

Marshfield’s Board of Public Works voted against the temporary closure of the Maple Avenue crossing last week. At Tuesday night’s Common Council meeting, Railroad Investigator Tom Klauter said the amount of train traffic and the number of accidents is reason enough for the closure. According to Klauter, “How this came to play, was your recent accidents that you had. You had them multiple.” Klauter also warned that the city could lose its ‘quiet zone’ designation if something’s not done to stop future accidents.

The Council voted to send the issue back to the Board of Public Works for reconsideration.

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