Saving lives on the rails

By on June 25, 2009

Community officials from area villages, including Maple Park village president Kathy Curtis and Planning Commissioner Dale Weir, boarded a special train Tuesday in Elburn, as part of Operation Lifesaver. The goal of the trip, which went all the way to Sterling, Ill., was to educate those onboard about crossing safety by giving a first-hand look at what crew members experience while traveling down the rails.
Photo by Ben Draper

The number of collisions in the
United States in 2008.

Illinois ranks No. two in the United States
in highway-rail grade crossing
collisions in 2008 with 147.
Only Texas, with 228, ranks higher.

Of those 147 collisions, 26 resulted
in fatalities—the highest in the country.

Of the 147 collisions, 60 resulted in injuries,
ranking Illinois fourth in the country.

Source: Operation Lifesaver website