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Railroad safety targeted by local police

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ZEIGLER, IL -

With thousands of miles of tracks running through our area it's not just your life in your hands when you decide to cross the tracks.

It's something that Union Pacific Railroad conductors see every day, but it still leaves a sick feeling in the stomach of engineer Mike McGill.

“After you have been out here awhile you kind of get a sixth sense that that car is going to try and beat you at the crossing."

Often the driver misjudges the train's speed, or the car stalls, and lives are lost.

"250 people died in collisions last year and another 476 died trespassing on railroad property," said McGill.

"When people come up to a crossing they really have a hard time perceiving how fast a train is going,” said Tpr. Joey Watson. “If the lights are activated, don't cross."

"When one of these trains hits a car it's total destruction," said McGill.

Destruction that police and the railroads are trying to stop, with your help.

"There are no steering wheels in that train and it has no ability to swerve around you,” said Tpr. Watson. “It has to ride the rail and so when a person is hit on the tracks they are at fault."

Police are trying to remind drivers of the danger by handing out tickets, so that your family can avoid going to a funeral.

The cost of running a railroad crossing or being caught trespassing on the tracks is $250.

That price doubles to $500 if you are caught a second time.

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