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Deadly crossing in southern Illinois will get gates


Marissa, Ill. – A railroad crossing in the southern Illinois town of Marissa will get gates, nine months after a wreck there claimed three lives.

The Illinois Commerce Commission voted this week to approve plans for the gates in the town about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis where a coal train slammed into an SUV last November.

Three people were killed, including Tina Porter, 43; her 13-year-old daughter, Allaysa; and a 13-year-old friend, Donna Calvert.

A third girl was seriously injured but survived.

The crossing gates will cost about $272,000, with the commission's Grade Crossing Protection Fund paying most of the tab. They should be in place before Labor Day next year.


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