There will be many travelers on the roads this holiday weekend and Union Pacific Railroad reminds drivers to use caution at all railroad crossings. Spokesman Mark Davis says it appears that more drivers are not paying attention when approaching tracks.
2012 statistics for all railroads operating in each state shows there were 28 train – vehicle collisions in Nebraska that injured 13 people with four fatalities. In Iowa there were 43 collisions that injured 15 people and six fatalities. In Illinois there were 104 collisions that injured 35 people and killed 26.
Davis reminds never try to beat a train to the crossing. He says it is very difficult to judge the rate of speed of a train because of its size. Davis says trains don’t stop on a dime. It can take a mile or more for a train to come to a complete stop.