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October 2017 Archives

Town considers closing crossings to prevent railroad accidents

Train track crossings are some of the most dangerous places on our nation's roadways, and they are often the scenes of collisions involving locomotives and motor vehicles. There have been some very serious railroad accidents in recent months throughout the country. An official spokesperson for a town outside Connecticut said the town is considering closing two of its four railroad crossings to decrease community dangers.

Similar railroad accidents in Connecticut have led to litigation

A terrible accident occurred in another state that involved railroad workers and automobile travelers. Railroad accidents in Connecticut and elsewhere often result in fatalities. Thankfully, everyone survived this collision although several people, including railroad workers, were injured.

Illegal drug use suspected factor in many railroad accidents

Last year, a railroad tragedy occurred in another state that prompted safety advocates to pursue changes in railway commercial transportation laws regarding drug tests for employees. That's because three of the railroad employees involved in that particular collision tested positive for marijuana and other controlled substances. Studies show an increased amount of railroad accidents in recent years have included illegal drug use in workers as prominent factors. Those who travel by train in Connecticut may want to pay close attention this issue.

These tips may help keep you safe on the railroad

Working on a Connecticut railroad can be a rewarding experience. Many workers enjoy long and happy careers. Perhaps you're among them. You may have loved trains since you were a child and set your sights early upon growing up and working on "real" trains. The toy trains you played with on your living room floor, however, were no doubt much safer than the ones you work on in adulthood.

After a century, has risk of railroad accidents decreased?

Connecticut residents who earn their livings on the railroad are always at risk for injury. Those who travel by train as passengers are as well. However, many railroad accidents involve nearby motorists, and revisiting a story of a tragedy that occurred 100 years ago begs the question whether workers, passengers or other travelers are any safer today than they were then.