New rough railroad signs posted at Columbia Station crossing where four Brunswick teens were killed

COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio - Five days after the Lorain County fatal crash that ended the lives of four Brunswick students, railroad crossing signs were posted in both directions near the track.

There were mixed emotions as people came out to view the site in Columbia Station.

"It's a start," said Jessica Arena. "It's not gonna fix the problem. The battle is still going on but its something."

The car carrying the victims landed in a ditch outside Arena's home. She said crashes happen in their yard more often than she cares to remember, but never has she seen anything this bad. She started a petition asking city leaders to make it safer.

Columbia Station Trustee Mike Musto said engineers from several surrounding counties, including Medina, Lorain and Columbia Station, made the decision to put high-visibility crossing signs that say "rough tracks" in both directions near the track. They also lowered the recommended speed limit to 25 mph. The legal speed limit in that area is 55 mph.

Ryan Perkins signed the petition to make the road safer.

"It says the city is really listening to the petition and what everyone's saying that these need to be changed," said Perkins.

Musto said the goal is leveling the road. They are working with the federal government to see what it will take to make it a reality.

He said there are also four other similar railroad crossings where this is a problem. They will be putting up new railroad signs in those locations as well.

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