Safety concerns raised after video shows kids jumping on moving train

Video shows kid jumping onto moving train
(Source: WBRC Video)
(Source: WBRC Video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Safety concerns are being raised after a recent disturbing video shows kids jumping on a moving train.

Kids appearing to be on their way to school hopped on the slow-moving train this week. The video was shared on Facebook. We're told the tracks are on Brussels Avenue near the Harris Homes housing community just around the corner from Oliver Elementary School.

"And then they wonder why these folks be laying out here dead," said the woman who shot the video.

We showed the video to Birmingham City Councilor Darrel O'Quinn, who is the head of the city's transportation committee

O'Quinn says the video highlights the need for more safety measures in communities that have trains running through them. Over the years, we've reported on trains blocking neighborhoods around the metro.

"Ideally, you create a situation where there's a grade separation. Either an overpass or underpass. However those are expensive solutions," O'Quinn said.

O'Quinn says the city would more than likely need a large federal infrastructure project to address the on-going problems of trains blocking communities. With rail traffic expected to increase O'Quinn feels the problem could get worse. "Unless something else changes, this situation is likely to become more frequent. We would like to see something done to address the situation."

There is a tunnel that connects Harris Homes with the nearby elementary school, but O'Quinn says its out of the way.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell is asking for a federal safety study on stalled trains in the metro. Sewell says now is the time to do something about these boxcar barricades.

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