In the wake of crossing collisions that have taken six lives in recent weeks, railroad industry executives and leaders from federal, state and local government met in Birmingham, Ala., Monday March 5 for a first-ever Rail Crossing Safety Summit.
The meeting participants said they were committed to continue efforts to enhance highway-rail crossing safety in Alabama. They said they would cooperate and supplement efforts by Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit public education program focused on ending collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks. Participants from the various levels of government said they would seek enhanced partnerships with law enforcement at the state and local levels as well as other support at all levels of government.
"Recent tragedies at crossings in two areas of Alabama have heightened the sense of urgency to raise highway rail crossing awareness," said Craig Camuso of CSX, which was an organizer and participant in the summit.
"All highway-rail crossing collisions are preventable," said Nancy Hudson, executive director of Operation Lifesaver, another summit participant.