Keeping Pedestrians Off Tracks Must Be Considered When Designing Railroad Crossings
I also considered how and why the accident occurred. The Amtrak train was moving at high speed through an intersection with a major surface road just outside of Toledo. While gates, red lights and a train whistle stopped vehicles from moving across the road-level tracks, the two teens could and did easily walk into the path of the train.
In 2008, some 720 Americans died while walking across or along freight, passenger and commuter rail tracks. When Norfolk's light rail, the Tide, begins operating in late 2010 or early 2011, local residents will find themselves at higher risk than ever before for becoming pedestrians killed and injured by trains.
I've written before that Hampton Roads Transit, or HRT, needs to prioritize safety while constructing and running Tide trains. I will continue repeating that call for as long I continue to hear about deadly rail crossing accidents.