KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County woman is dead and her husband in critical condition after their car collided with an oncoming train.
It happened at a railroad crossing on Ball Camp Road near Ball Road.
Officials say 52-year-old Teresa Davis and her 58-year-old husband Jack Davis were in the 2013 Chevy Equinox.
Teresa Davis died on scene.
Neighbors in the area say they believe that crossing does not have adequate signaling.
6 News posted this story to our Facebook page and got several comments on the safety of that intersection.
One man commented that he has quote "gone through this intersection thousands of times. It needs crossing arms and a stop sign for westbound traffic."
6 News decided to look into what it takes for those changes to be made.
"Their son went to school with my kids, and it's just at terrible tragedy, so sad," said Marc Anthony.
Teresa and Jack Davis were on their way home from a family member's house.
They were just yards away from their house when they slammed into an oncoming train killing Teresa and leaving Jack with critical injuries.
Anthony, a Star 102.1 DJ, knew the couple well.
"You live near train tracks like they do, like we do, you kind of forget about the trains, and I just hope that's not the case but nonetheless they were really sweet, nice people and it's just a terrible tragedy. It really is," he said.
Officials have not said what led to the accident, but Anthony and other neighbors say they believe the crossing needs better signals.
"If they put the warning up far enough ahead maybe that will give people enough time to stop before they get to the tracks," said Robert Palmer who lives near the tracks.
The crossing has warning lights and bells, but some believe cross bars to stop traffic would make all the difference saying the train rounds a blind curve before getting to the crossing.
"It amazes me that there hasn't been more wrecks down there," said Palmer.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation says those changes can cost up to $280,000, and several things are taken into consideration to make the changes: average daily traffic on the highway, the number of train movements per day, maximum train speed, and crash history.
They use that information to form a database and prioritize updates to crossings.
"I understand there has not been a fatality there before hence they don't have any gates per say. I don't know if this is going to change that, but you know you need them," said Palmer.
Officials on scene could not tell me if they do plan to look into making those changes, but they did say they are still investigating what caused the accident.
Witnesses also told deputies the car did not appear to try to stop for the train.
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