The odd shape of the road/rail interface is generally credited for its gruesome reputation of many accidents.
The road is no longer a US or state highway but the accidents continue, even with full flashers and gates.
The crossing at the east end of Botsford Yard serving Kalamazoo Paper was not a public crossing but only a private driveway into the mill. When I was a kid, That would be 1960-64, the crossing gates were operated by a crossing watchman in a little shanty in the southwest quadrant of the crossing. Mainline trains would hit his bell as they approached but yard moves on the yard leads and on the northside sidings were based on the watchman observing them visually.
He also had a red flag to use in case the crossing gates didn't work. If I remember it right, there were no flashing lights, only crossing gates.
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