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Railroads

Railroad Crossing Risks and Driver Safety Tips

Railroad Crossing Risks

More than 2,200 rail grade crossing collisions occurred across our country’s approximately 140,000 miles of railroad track in 2018.

And, in 2018 alone:

  • 270 people were killed at railroad crossings. Over the five years of 2014-2018, there were 798 fatalities involving motor vehicles at railroad crossings.
  • 99 people were killed because a driver went around a lowered gate, marking a 10-year high.

According to Operation Lifesaver, a driver or passenger is about 20 times more likely to die in a collision with a train than in a collision with another vehicle.

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What is Positive Train Control?

Positive Train Control

Most of us have probably heard the news about the devastating train crash in South Carolina in which two were killed and more than 100 were injured. As the NTSB investigates the crash, it has found that the signaling system was not operating at the time because CSX railroad (who operates the tracks) was preparing it for Positive Train Control.

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