(WTVM) - Last year, 47 people were hurt or killed at Georgia railway crossings. The state only gets $8 million a year from the federal government for rail crossing safety, and yet 3,300 public rail crossings throughout the state don't have gates or warning bells.
That number may not go down any time soon. Two of the deaths last year happened in Tifton.
"It kind of tears the community apart, so we need to do something to get that straightened out. It's a big tragedy waiting to happen," says Larry Dean, a Tifton resident.
The DOT says the safety equipment is costly. It can cost up to $300,000 to outfit a crossing.