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It's Rail Safety Week

This week marks Rail Safety Week in Illinois. 

 

Governor JB Pritzker proclaims the week ending September 25th Rail Safety Week. 

 

The Illinois Commerce Comimission, in conjuction with Operation Lifesaver, says 101 vehicle crashes occurred at public highway-rail grader crossings, which resulted in 24 fatalities and 25 personal injuries in the state. 

 

In addition, passing trains struck 38 pedestrians who trespassed on railroad property, which resulted in 20 deaths. 

 

ICC Commissioner Michael Carrigan says Operation Lifesaver is sharing rail safety tips across its social media platforms. He encourages all motorists and pedestrians to follow those tips to stay safe around trains and railroad crossings. 

 

He adds that most of the accidents were preventable. You can view the tips on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @ILCommerceComm. You can view more rail safety stats, tips, or educational materials at oli.org. 

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