Train Crossing Safety

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KIMT News 3 — A deadly train vs. truck accident over the weekend in north Iowa has people focusing on just how safe local crossings really are.

It happened at a crossing in Rudd that doesn’t have any warning devices.

One person was killed and another still in seriously condition, but one Iowa D.O.T spokesperson says train crossings have always been a priority.

“As a traveling public, of course there’s a responsibility to operating a motor vehicle. But I can say that active protection is generally placed where  the most exposure between roadway vehicles and trains or where there is a history of crashes,” said Phil Meraz of the Iowa D.O.T’s Rail Division.

He also says the Iowa D.O.T is teaming up with Law Enforcement around the state to start issuing citations to those who are not following crossing laws.

Something they say will help to protect those committing the crimes and those who are victims.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, Iowa railroad crossing collisions were well below the national average per state last year with only seven collisions to the nations 39.

Something officials attribute to the strong emphasis on railroad safety.

A deadly train vs. truck accident over the weekend in in north Iowa has people focusing on just how safe local crossings really are.

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