Railroad crossing wrecks cause a great deal of misery for families of victims around the country. Unfortunately, Alabama has once again found itself on the wrong end of the top states for 2007. The state ranked seventh nationally with 15 persons killed at highway rail crossings. Alabama is listed as number eight by the Federal Railroad Administration for having 104 train crossing collisions in 2007. The top 15 states account for 77% of all crashes and 65% of all fatal crashes nationwide. Common sense indicates that there must be a reason for that statistic. Texas and California were tops in both categories. Alabama, with its 3,500 miles of railroad tracks and 6,000 highway crossings, has been in the top 15 for at least the past 12 years. That doesn’t bode well for Alabama citizens and persons driving through our state.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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