Fifty motorists were cited over a two-day period this week for flouting crossing guards at some of Glendale’s most dangerous railroad crossings.
Metrolink, Union Pacific and Glendale police conducted the enforcement campaign Thursday and Friday at the rail for crossings at Chevy Chase Drive, Doran Street and Brazil Street because of the large number of vehicles that travel through the intersections to enter the San Fernando industrial corridor.
“We are just trying to educate people that it can ultimately be a very unsafe activity,” Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt said.
The rail agency has deemed Doran Street to be among the most dangerous because of its proximity to a propane storage facility and the traffic gridlock that can back onto the railroad tracks.
The potential for disaster at the Doran Street crossing was evident early Friday morning when a motorist struck a pair of crossing arms in an effort to beat an approaching train, Coffelt said. The crossing arms were repaired that same morning, but the driver fled the scene.