The Halifax County Economic Development Commission hosted a NCDOT program focused on rail safety for local business and industry that rely on highway transportation. Dr. David Robinson, NCDOT's BeRailSafe Outreach Consultant, Dr. David Robinson, presented important information on rail emergency contacts, how active crossing signals operate, and methods of stopping train movement in emergent situations.
Every three hours, a person or vehicle is struck by a train in the United States. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision as it takes the average freight train traveling 55 MPH more than a mile to stop. While North Carolina's incidents are not that frequent, the numbers are not insignificant. In 2015, 66 grade crossing crashes resulted in 9 deaths and 88 injuries and 41 trespassing incidents resulted in 20 deaths and 16 injuries.
CSX Transportation operates a Class A rail line in Halifax County with a total of 50 grade crossings and 35+ trains a day.
For more information on rail safety, visit www.BeRailSafe.org