STAUNTON – Railroad crossing deaths, injuries and collisions are up from 2016 to 2017, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
Our area has seen three deaths just a month apart — the Crozet train crash, which took one life, and the Staunton train crash, which took two lives. In both instances, investigations determined the motor vehicle drivers were at fault.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) statistics, U.S. crossing collisions rose 3.1 percent, crossing deaths increased 7.4 percent and crossing injuries decreased 4.3 percent from 2016 to 2017.
Total casualties, which includes deaths and injuries, from rail trespassing climbed 13.3 percent in 2017, trespass deaths grew 22.3 percent and trespass injuries increased 4.6 percent from their levels in 2016, a release said.
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