|Vehicle-train crashes in county down by half|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:51|
Crashes between trains and vehicles in Wood County have fallen by more than 50 percent in the last five years, according to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
From 2009 to 2013, vehicle-train crashes totaled 13 in the county, down from 29 between 2004 and 2008. The agency credits the improvement to nearly 50 railroad-crossing upgrades in Wood County during the same five-year period since 2009.
Ohio is a major crossroads for the railroad industry, PUCO stated in a news release. Thousands of trains operate on nearly 5,300 miles of track and 5,800 public crossings, making Ohio the fifth-leading state in goods transported by rail.
Despite significant gains in crossing safety, more than half of vehicle-train crashes in Ohio still occur at grade crossings that have active warning devices. To improve public awareness, PUCO works in conjunction with organizations like the Ohio Rail Development Commission and Operation Lifesaver to highlight the importance of crossing safety.
For more information contact PUCO at (800)-686-7826 or visit www.PUCO.ohio.gov. The Ohio Rail Hotline at (866)-814-7245 also provides toll-free resources.
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