Railroad crossing safety gates installed following several accidents in Smiths Station

(Source: Elizabeth White WTVM FB)
(Source: Elizabeth White WTVM FB)
(Source: Elizabeth White WTVM FB)
(Source: Elizabeth White WTVM FB)

SMITHS STATION (WTVM) - Smiths Station leaders say finally, after three near fatal accidents and years of negotiations railroad crossing safety gates are up and running near Smiths Station High School.

Environmental sciences teacher Vivian Martin has yet to drive across the railroad tracks in front of the high school where she has taught for 17 years.

The last time she crossed was July 28, 2014, and she was hit by an oncoming train.

"I came out of the school, stopped at the stop sign then stopped at the next stop sign, didn't see or hear anything...and proceeded across. The next thing I remember is coach waking me up telling me it was going to be okay, then I came to in the ER," Martin said.

Martin received a gash on her head, a concussion and torn rotator cuff, but she was alive.

Since her accident, two others have also been hit by a train at the tracks.

In January, the railroad company starting installing safety gates. The $200,000 project was funded by a partnership with the railroad, school board, county, and city.

"I am so happy if anyone of my students was hit or anyone else it would just be devastating. Glad the safety gates are up…it makes me happy," said Martin.

Now that the safety gates are up city leaders are begging drivers to obey them, don't run them or try to go around them.

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