(KFVS) - The Union Pacific Railroad, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies are partnering in an effort to lower fatalities at railroad crossings in the Illinois State Police District 13 area.
Even one of these tragic events is too many. Highway-rail crash statistics for 2012 indicate that Illinois had 89 crashes at public crossings. Twenty five people were killed and another 34 seriously injured. Illinois has over 7,300 miles of track with 7,780 public crossings and 4,536 private crossings.
Here are some other national statistics courtesy of the Illinois Commerce Commission's Operation Lifesaver website: