rail safetyStatistics

  • It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile, or the length of 18 football fields, to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
  • Three out of four crashes occur within 25 miles of a motorist's home. 50% of all crashes occur within five miles of home.
  • A motorists is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving a motor vehicle.
  • The force of a 30-car freight train hitting your car is equal to the force of your own car crushing an aluminum soda can.

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