Rail Safety Week in Illinois is underway

SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker has proclaimed this week as Rail Safety Week in Illinois. During 2021, 101 vehicle crashes were reported at public highway-rail grade crossings, resulting in 24 fatalities and 25 injuries in Illinois. In addition, 38 pedestrians trespassing on railroad property rights-of-way were struck by passing trains, resulting in 20 fatalities and 18 personal injuries. Illinois ranks fourth in the nation in fatalities last year. More than 81 percent of crashes at public grade crossings in Illinois occur where active warning devices exist.

“Each year lives are lost to crashes involving trains,” said ICC Commissioner Michael T. Carrigan.