Georgia State Senator Discusses Railroad Safety with CSX

From left to right: Georgia state Rep.-Elect Dewayne Hill, Mike Pendergrass CSX, Georgia state Sen. Jeff Mullis.

ATLANTA — A Georgia state senator recently met with CSX to discuss the safety and necessary improvements for a railroad crossing and siding track in Catoosa County, Ga.

From left to right: Georgia state Rep.-Elect Dewayne Hill, Mike Pendergrass CSX, Georgia state Sen. Jeff Mullis.

State Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, met with state Rep.-elect Dewayne Hill and CSX Vice President and Chief Transportation Officer Mike Pendergrass.

“The safety of our local citizens is a top priority at this particular crossing and we must do all we can to prevent future accidents,” Mullis said in a news release. “We are working as a team to improve safety and to address any issues with the siding track.”

The railroad crossing in question, at Graysville Road, has a siding track that allows trains to swap out or be stored for maintenance incidents. Installing additional signal equipment and associated safety devices was discussed at the meeting.

These improvements will add additional safety measures and hopefully prevent future accidents at the crossing, officials say.

“The safety of the public and CSX employees is our first priority,” said Mike Pendergrass. “We strive to be a good neighbor as we provide safe, reliable freight rail service to the communities of Northwest Georgia.”

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