Missouri officials ramp up railroad safety efforts

6 months 1 week 5 days ago September 12, 2016 Sep 12, 2016 Monday, September 12 2016 Monday, September 12, 2016 6:37:00 PM CDT in News
By: Joe Gjata, KOMU 8 Reporter & Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Transportation are increasing efforts to raise awareness of the dangers at railroad crossings.

Both departments stressed a greater need for public safety for both motorists and pedestrians at railroad crossings, as well as deterring people from trespassing on tracks.

This week launches the start of Railway Safety Week in Missouri.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain John Hotz said this week offers people an opportunity to learn more about railroad safety.

“We’re trying to urge people to be careful when they’re around the tracks as far as in a vehicle, so when you pull up to that crossing, look both directions, be prepared to yield if you need to and proceed with caution,” Hotz said.

Additionally, Hotz emphasized railroad tracks are private property and that trespassing is both dangerous and illegal. Roughly 62 accidents and/or incidents of trespassing occurred in 2015, resulting in 23 fatalities throughout the state.

Kristi Jamison, a railroad operations manager for MoDOT, said Missouri is the 10th largest rail station state in the nation. She highlighted the importance of public awareness, especially with Missouri being a rail-intensive state.

Jamison stated the three major aspects of education, enforcement and engineering are the department’s long term goals.

“We focus our efforts in places where we’ve seen the most activity and where we’ve had collisions or fatalities and injury accidents,” Jamison said. “We target those areas to bring awareness and try to get those numbers down to zero wherever we can.”

From an engineering perspective, Jamison said MoDOT is working to improve signals at railroad crossings.

“We try to do upgrades to the safety of crossings by adding lights and/or gates to crossings, and we’re able with the funding we have to do about 25-30 projects a year in hopes of increasing that safety again,” Jamison said.

Hotz added “Trooper on the Train” activities will happen throughout the state this week, where officers will ride trains, spot crossing violations and educate the public on safety regulations.

In terms of safety advice, Hotz said although railroad accidents may not happen as frequently as other vehicular crashes, the dangers are still present.  

“Because of the fact that the train weighs so much more than the passenger vehicles, the consequences are often deadly for the occupants inside,” Hotz said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA Updated 7:05 p.m. - The Columbia Police Department said a second victim in the Sunday shooting on I-70 Drive... More >>
3 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:18:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - During his time as athletic director at the University of Missouri Mike Alden oversaw a little bit of... More >>
5 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:35:00 PM CDT in Sports
ST. LOUIS (AP) — About 1,000 of St. Louis' delinquent properties are expected to face the wrecking ball to create... More >>
6 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 1:13:10 PM CDT in News
OZARK, Mo . (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man is accused of sexual misconduct involving a teenager who investigators say... More >>
7 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:20:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
FORSYTH, Mo . (AP) — Authorities said a southern Missouri man told investigators he was either sleepwalking or dreaming when... More >>
9 hours ago March 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017 Sunday, March 26 2017 Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:25:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Officers said a suspect is on the run after a robbery at an Extended Stay America Saturday night.... More >>
21 hours ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:39:11 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A hearing for Sturgeon Police Chief Greg Halderman will take place on Monday. On the week of... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:16:00 PM CDT in News
LINN - State Technical College in Linn opened up its campus to recruit prospective students and to show off what... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:49:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fire Protection District said Saturday it is conducting a search and rescue at the Katfish... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:37:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two men each are jailed on $750,000 bond after being accused in connection with the St.... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Two semi trucks and two cars were part of a wreck Saturday that closed westbound I-70. The... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:23:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican-led Missouri Legislature will get back to a business-friendly agenda when it returns from... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:35:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:54:00 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An activist who helped shut down a St. Louis-area freeway during protests commemorating the first anniversary... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:45:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 15-year-old boy was killed and six other people were critically wounded... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:41:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A group of local artists hosted a fundraiser Friday night, giving people people the chance to view works... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:40:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia businesses are coming together to encourage community members to lead healthy and balanced lives. Keystone Chiropractic... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 5:28:00 AM CDT in News
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a Kansas City suburb where a fire destroyed a multimillion-dollar apartment building under... More >>
1 day ago March 25, 2017 Mar 25, 2017 Saturday, March 25 2017 Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:30:30 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 56°
8pm 55°
9pm 54°
10pm 53°
11pm 54°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
Little Big Shots
8:00p
Chicago Justice
9:00p
Shades of Blue
6:00p
Mystic Pizza
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Little Big Shots
8:00p
Chicago Justice
9:00p
Shades of Blue
6:00p
Mystic Pizza
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld