Roadside Chat - Stop track tragedies. Watch for trains

9-22 rail safety weekStop Track Tragedies. That’s the theme of this year’s Rail Safety Week.

A group known as Operation Lifesaver International (  works to prevent collisions, injuries, and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.

According to the group:
• Every three hours in the United States a person or vehicle is hit by a train
• More than 2,100 people are injured or killed annually in rail crossing and trespassing incidents in North America
• More than 60% of collisions occur at crossings equipped with lights and/or gates

You may think walking on train tracks is safe and that you will hear or feel a train coming. These girls, just out to get a “fun” selfie, found out that’s not always the case -

So far this year in Iowa, 271 people have been killed in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of three since last Friday. In Iowa in 2022, there were 338 traffic-related deaths. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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