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Fatal wreck prompts warning systems at railroad crossings

Posted September 17, 2008

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— The death of two parents and their 6-day-old son last month after their car collided with a train has prompted town officials to add warning systems to its three railroad tracks.

Brannon Worth Brady, 25, and Crystal Lee Higgins, 22, who both lived in Princeton and were engaged to be married, died in the Aug. 29 wreck. Their son, Sklyar, died at WakeMed the next day.

The incident happened along U.S. Highway 70 Alternate outside of Princeton. Authorities said the car was trying to cross the rail line at Herring Road when the train hit it.

Witnesses said Brady pulled up to the rail crossing and tapped his brakes but didn't stop and was hit as he pulled onto the tracks.

Authorities estimated the wreck was caused by a combination of Brady initially not seeing the train and his then trying to beat it to the crossing.

The crossing is one of three in Princeton with no warning lights or crossbars to indicate a train is approaching and to block access.

As a result of the accident, officials said Wednesday all three crossings will receive warning systems.

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  • Caring Sep 18, 2008

    Haggis Basher, Are you human? I guess not by your comment. You can not put a price on someone's life! Regardless of what it cost to put up these guard rails, it may save a life in the future and who knows, it may even be yours!

  • AFLOWERS Sep 18, 2008

    haggis basher
    That is a very mean comment that you posted. Do you not realize that three lives were taken and one was just begining. Have you ever thought that maybe the new baby was crying and he didn't hear or see the train until it was too late. Your comment sounds as if you think they were out joy riding and trying to beat the train on purpose. I pray that you never lose a loved one through such a thing called and ACCIDENT.

  • dmccall Sep 17, 2008

    Was there a sign? Why don't they just put STOP signs at all unsignaled or gated crossings?

  • bbad238 Sep 17, 2008

    Why did someone have to die before the town decides to put up warning lights? what a shame