The Times Reporter

July 22, 2006

SHERRODSVILLE – Cleanup work on the area surrounding the railroad crossing at Rt. 39 and Crane Rd., Sherrodsville, has begun.

Ed Hale, a Carroll County sheriff deputy, stated in a news release Thursday that he found two employees of the Wheeling Lake Erie Railway attempting to clean brush and trees that are obstructing the crossing when he and several others went to the scene Wednesday.

Hale said he was accompanied to the crossing by Vicky Moore of the Angels on Track Foundation and a crew from Cleveland’s 19 Action News.

While there, Hale said he spoke by telephone with a Wheeling Lake Erie Railway supervisor and was told the company would be in contact with a tree trimming service soon to remove a large circumference tree that his employees aren’t able to cut.

Hale noted that the crossing was reported last week by a concerned citizen as “an accident waiting to happen,” and that his subsequent investigation revealed the crossing’s right of way was grown up with weeds, trees and bushes.

Hale said that while he recognizes that the railway company is making an attempt to act on a complaint, he told the supervisor the obstructions should have been taken care of and should continue to be.

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