Ten years after the first of three traffic fatalities at a Mabton, Washington raidroad crossing, the state is finally installing a crossing gate to protect motorists. The state has approved a $20,000 grant to pay for a crossing gate at the intersections of state routes 241 and 22, this is where three drivers have died starting in 1997. There are warning lights that flash when a train is appriaching, but no gate to prevent motorist from driving over the tracks.
State, county and local governments in Washington are responsible for operating their roads in a safe condition. Railroad crossings are the responsiblity of the government that oversees roads. At this railroad crossing there have been two fatal crashes in the past two years.