DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — The city of Duncan is shutting down a railroad crossing where a young basketball star was killed three years ago.
City officials say the Maple Avenue crossing will be shut down within the next few weeks. Public Works Director Scott Vaughn tells the Duncan Banner that the city upgraded three other railroad crossings in the city to prepare for the closure of the Maple Avenue crossing.
Deion Jackson-Houston of Duncanville, Texas, died July 3, 2010, after a train struck his car on the tracks. The 17-year-old was a highly sought-after point guard who was in Oklahoma visiting family at the time of the fatal collision.
The city says that safety issues and traffic concerns factored in to the decision to close the crossing.