In 2014 there was an increase in the number of pedestrian casualties on railroad tracks in Missouri. According to a recent news report in Semo Times, 20 pedestrians were killed on train tracks in Missouri in 2014. That is a 25 percent increase from the previous year. Collisions between vehicles and trains remained the same with 48 crashes and two fatalities.
Trains take a long time to slow down, so if you are walking or driving over a train track, you must make sure a train is not coming. When driving over train tracks:
Federal investigators determined this week that erratic shifts and sleep deprivation may have played a part in a collision between two freight trains in May 2013 in southeast Missouri. According to an Associated Press news report, the accident occurred when a Union Pacific freight train pulling 60 cars hit a 75-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at the Rockview intersection. The collision resulted in derailment, a fire, and an overpass collapse in which five automobile passengers were injured.
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