Police agencies around the state are reminding you to play it safe around rail crossings. It's Illinois Rail Safety Week, and there are enforcement details going on statewide near those crossings to try and raise awareness to the dangers associated with railroad grade crossings.
Illinois State Police Trooper Heath Bryan tells The Big Z most train versus vehicle accidents are avoidable.
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During 2015, there were 140 railroad grade crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 80 injuries and 31 fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespassing incidents, which resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities. Illinois is ranked second in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and fifth in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.