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  • Rail Crossings Danger

    A CBC News investigation into Canada's top 25 most accident-prone railway crossings found wide-spread design flaws across the country. Some of the most dangerous railway crossings in Canada lack automated gate arms, protective pedestrian gates, advance warning signs, bells and flashing lights. Other deficiencies include poor sightlines for drivers, confusing road signs and overgrown bush. As well, CBC News learned Transport Canada does not routinely warn the public about all railway crossings that appear in its database of the country's 500 "highest risk" crossings.
  • Cross at Your Own Risk: Rails pose deadly threat

    This investigation reveals a number of statistics from "nearly 3,000 public rail crossings" in Louisiana. Along with these statistics, it also reveals the people behind the numbers and how it has impacted dozens of lives. Some of the major statistics found are "nearly 1,500 defects statewide, some rail crossings haven’t been inspected over the 10-year period studied, few safety violations resulted in a fine or other penalty, and despite the denials drivers were not always responsible for the accidents."
  • 42 percent of rail crossings unmarked. But safety devices are often ignored.

    According to the article, "Forty-two percent of the 3,270 railroad tracks that cross streets and highways throughout Colorado have no warning signs, lights or gates, according to a Denver Post analysis. Some 1,368 of the street-level crossings are not equipped with any type of warning device. Just 12 percent have safety gates, and only 7.5 percent have flashing lights."