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Ohio group fights for railroad safety regulations
Although the rate of train-car collisions has dropped by nearly half in the past decade, activists say too many crossings are still unsafe
Story by AKILAH PORTER


 
Many railroad crossings don't even have a crossbuck, the traditional crossing sign, to warn drivers. Activists say gated crossings are the safest, but laws favor railroad companies when it comes to safety requirements.
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Railroad safety advocates say more needs to be done to prevent fatal collisions between cars and trains.

A 15-year-old Ravenna girl died and five passengers were injured last Sunday when her car was struck by a train at an un-gated crossing.

Vicky Moore, founder of The Angels on Track Foundation, says that while drivers are often blamed, many crossings are unsafe.

Here more on the Ohio group that's fighting for railroad safety regulations

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“People should be outraged that only 35 percent of the public-crossings in the country are protected with gates. They should also know that most private-crossings have no warnings at all.”

Moore says 73 train-car collisions occurred last year, with 9 deaths.  That’s half the number compared to a decade ago.  

But she says nearly 3,000 railway crossings in Ohio still have no warning signs.
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It is a false statement that "many railroad crossings don't even have crossbucks" in fact in Ohio over 52% of public crossings have lights and gates, and all other public crossings have crossbucks. Angels on Track should remember the statement by the Medina County Sheriff a few years ago. "I've never been to a crossing accident that wasn't caused by the drivers actions".


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