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Railroad Safety Statistics

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Here are some facts about trains and railroad crossings to think about. They might help you understand why you must always pay extra attention at railroad crossings.

  • In the United States, either a vehicle or a pedestrian is involved in a collision with a train every two-three hours.

  • Nearly half of all vehicle and train collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices.

  • You are 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle.

  • On average, more people die in highway-rail grade crossing crashes than in all commercial and general aviation crashes combined.

  • The average train traveling at 55 mph takes a mile or more to stop. That is 18 football fields.

Source: Operation Lifesaver

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