IL Railroad Law Aims to Decrease Deadly Crashes


In less than a week, there have been two crashes in southwestern Indiana involving trains. One claimed the life of an Evansville National Guardsman.

Eyewitness News is learning deadly train crashes are also a problem in Illinois. There, deaths resulting from train crashes are on the rise.

However, a new law was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner which is aiming to change that.

Illinois was second in the US in 2015 for most fatalities.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill to double the fine for driving through active railroad signs bringing the fine to 4500.

The Railroad Commission supports this measure, but it says it’s only one step towards a bigger concern.

Mike Stead with Rail Safety for Illinois Commerce Commission says, “Personally, I doubt that’s going to have a significant impact on the number of crossing accidents that occur but it should be another tool in our toolbox to try to reduce the number of collisions that occur.”

Deaths on railroad crossings involving people walking did decrease from last year by 20%.

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