Times: Railroads ‘Sidestep Responsibility’ in Car-Train Collisions

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Some railroads falsely blame motorists for car-train crashes, then repeatedly sidestep their own responsibility in grade-crossing fatalities, reports the New York Times in a series that began Sunday and continued Monday. Their actions range from destroying, mishandling or simply losing evidence to not reporting the crashes properly in the first place. Although the accidents draw relatively little attention, on average, one person a day dies at a crossing in the United States. Since 2000, more than twice as many people have been killed at grade crossings as have died in commercial plane crashes. Union Pacific stands out . . .

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