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Indiana Rail Safety Week

This is rail safety week in the Hoosier state and Indiana ranks third in the country when ranked by collisions at railroad crossings.
/ Source: WISE-TV

INDIANA (Indiana's NewsCenter) - This is rail safety week in the Hoosier state and Indiana ranks third in the country when ranked by collisions at railroad crossings.

"Operation Lifesaver" instructs new drivers about the dangers of rail crossings and the need for vehicles to "yield" to all trains.

Rail safety arms have also become more common over the years, but officials say it's still up to the "drivers" to protect themselves.

Doug Wylie with Norfolk Southern said, "These are warning devices, they're not protective devices. Only you the driver can protect yourself from a collision with a train when you come up to a highway rail sign crossing, you must yield the right of way, we're too heavy, we can't slow down for your.”

286 people nationwide died in a train collision last year, down from over 700 in 1981.

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