It’s Rail Safety Week, and the Joliet Police Department is reminding the public to always expect a train at each highway rail intersection at any time. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision. It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile (18 football fields) to stop. Remember to cross train tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, and obey all warning signs and signals posted there. Rail Safety Week is Sept. 19 – 25.
In 2021, Illinois was the 4th highest state in railroad crossing collisions and fatalities; 125 collisions, 21 fatalities, and 32 injuries.
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