State pushes rail crossing safety
The N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be safe at railroad crossings as part of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, or ILCAD 2018.
ILCAD aims to prevent collisions between vehicles and trains at railroad crossings, which are referred to outside the U.S. as level crossings.
North Carolina reported 48 of the 2,114 collisions nationwide between trains and vehicles in 2017. So far this year, there have been 21 crossing crashes in the Tar Heel State, and people were killed in five of the collisions.
Staff in NCDOT’s BeRailSafe program want motorists to remember the following lifesaving tips when approaching a railroad crossing:
Last week, as part of ILCAD 2018, NCDOT’s BeRailSafe, N.C. Operation Lifesaver and Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway staged a crash in which a remote-controlled moving vehicle tried to race a train to a railroad crossing in Montgomery County. The simulation, which the NCDOT captured on video and shared online, illustrated how the collision destroyed the vehicle and impacted the “dummies” inside. This simulation was the first of its kind in the United States, and data captured from the crash will be used to improve rail and highway safety.
You can see a video of the simulated crash on The News Reporter Facebook page.