Across the Dakotas, the propensity for both urban and rural exchanges with railroad tracks and trains is greater than one imagines – North Dakota has over 3800 miles of rail track, and South Dakota has over 1800 miles of rail track, impacting 290/142 communities respectively.

STATISTICS

North Dakota highway-rail grade crossing and trespasser incidents

Source: https://railroads.dot.gov/accident-and-incident-reporting/overview-reports/overview-reports

*Thru March 2022

South Dakota highway-rail grade crossing and trespasser incidents

Source: https://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/publicsite/Query/gxrtally1.aspx

*Thru March 2022

Do you know your NUMBERS about Vehicle-Train Crashes?

333 million vehicles cross railroad tracks every day

297 people were killed at highway-rail crossing collisions in 2019

574 people were killed trespassing on railroad property in 2019

18 football fields in length, is how long it takes a freight train, traveling at 55mph, to stop

61 percent of vehicle/train collisions occur at highway-rail crossings with active warning devices (lights, gates, bells)

205,907 highway-rail crossings in the United States as of August 2020

40 times you are more likely to die in a crash with a train than you are to die in an automobile crash

3 hours, between each incident where a vehicle or pedestrian is struck by railcar on average

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