NHTSA, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), is launching the 2019 national rail grade crossing safety campaign to increase public awareness about the dangers around railroad tracks in hopes to reduce fatalities at rail grade crossings. Motor vehicle crashes at rail grade crossings are avoidable. This campaign is the latest in a 3-year, […]
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Railroad safety advocates want drivers to understand when they come to a railroad crossing, they should think “danger.” “Based on 2016 statistics, we currently rank eighth in the nation for the number of vehicle train collisions and number eighth in the number of fatalities. ” Nancy Hudson, Alabama Operation Lifesaver program said. The Alabama Task […]
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) launched the Stop! Trains Can’t campaign aimed at young male motorists to make the right choice at railroad crossings. The campaign is the latest in a two-year effort by DOT to reduce accidents, and ultimately fatalities, at railroad crossings around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) […]
When a 30-car freight train hits a car, the vehicles collide with the same force of a car crushing an aluminum soda can, according to Alabama Operation Lifesaver. Last year there were 2,059 accidents at railroad crossings across the United States, and 90 of those were in Alabama.
In an Aug. 17 joint letter to software developer Niantic’s CEO John Hanke, Feinberg and Hamberger expressed concerns about the safety of certain individuals playing the game, which requires players to walk around environments to capture the virtual “Pokemon” creatures. The pair said they’ve been contacted by railroad companies about “Pokemon, Pokestops and other virtual objects” being […]
General Rail Safety Information: Freight trains do not travel on a predictable schedule; schedules for passenger trains change. Always expect a train at every highway-rail intersection. A train may extend three feet or more outside the steel rail, which makes the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the rails themselves. Trains cannot stop quickly. It […]
At about 10 p.m. Sunday, a woman was hit by a train while walking near the tracks under the Triana Boulevard overpass, near Holmes Avenue, police told AL.com news partner WHNT News 19.
The risk of pedestrian and bicycle accidents at railroad grade crossings would decrease with sustained enforcement and education by local governments, along with consistency in design standards for warning devices, according to a study by the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.