Missouri officials to promote rail crossing safety

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 7:31 a.m. CDT; updated 9:44 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 20, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri transportation officials are urging people to be careful around railroad crossings.

The Department of Transportation says that next week has been declared Rail Safety Week. Transportation officials say the number of highway-rail crossing collisions and deaths increased from 2009 to 2010. Missouri has more than 4,000 miles of railroad tracks and almost 4,000 public highway-rail crossings.

State officials have prepared a public service announcement promoting rail safety and plan numerous events next week to raise awareness.


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