Congress working to improve safety around dangerous highway-rail crossings nationwide

Some of the most dangerous intersections in the country are where roads meet train tracks.

There were 2,201 highway-rail collisions in 2022.

Railroad officials say 95% of rail-related deaths are rail-crossing incidents or trespassing near tracks and most of these accidents are preventable…

The National Transportation Safety Board chair Jennifer Homendy said these crashes have increased by 34% over the last decade.

“The safest grade crossing is no grade crossing. In a perfect world our rail system would be completely separate from our roads which means building overpasses and underpasses,” said Homendy.

On Capitol Hill this week, lawmakers met with federal regulators and transportation leaders to discuss safety improvements.

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