Promoting Safety at Railroad Crossings and on Train Tracks
Know the Facts
About every 3 hours a vehicle and train collide in the U.S.
You are 30 times more likely to die in a crash with a train than with another motor vehicle. A derailment could result and if a freight train is involved, there is a possibility that hazardous material being transported by the train could become involved and endanger an entire community.
Collisions at highway-rail grade crossings killed or seriously injured approximately 1000 people nationwide in 2018.
Most vehicle/train crashes occur at highway/rail grade crossings within 25 miles of the motorist's home.
Trains cannot stop quickly: a 150-car freight train traveling 50 miles per hour takes 8000 ft. (or 1.5 miles) to stop; and an 8-car passenger train traveling 79 miles per hour takes 6000 ft. (or 1 1/8 miles) to stop.
Together, we can save lives at railroad crossings and on train tracks.
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee partners with Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit international public information, education, engineering and enforcement program dedicated to reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights of way.