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May 1, 2014

Riding the rails to Ina

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Highway-rail crash statistics for 2012 indicate Illinois had 89 crashes at public crossings. Twenty-five people were killed and another 34 seriously injured. Illinois has over 7,300 miles of track with 7,780 public crossings and 4,536 private crossings.

On Wednesday, about 50 community members had the opportunity to ride on a passenger train from Mt. Vernon to Ina, given information from Dawson and representatives from Operation Lifesaver.

At 55 mph, it takes a car approximately 200 feet to stop, a bus 230 feet, a semi 300 feet, a train about 600 feet and a high-rail train 5,280 feet, according to statistics provided.

Motorists should never go around cross arms or lighted signal devices, and officials stressed that “any time is train time.”

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