Letters to the Editor

November 25, 2012

A race nobody wins

According to the Federal Railroad Administration and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, there are more than 2,000 incidents per year in the United States involving vehicle and train collisions at both public and private crossings. As a result, approximately 300 fatalities are recorded annually. During daylight hours, more than 75 percent occur where the train hits the vehicle. At night, more than 50 percent occur where the vehicle hits either a moving or stationary train. Signal failure accounts for less than 2 percent of these incidents. The overwhelming cause is simply human error.

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