SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — State and federal transportation officials gathered Monday morning to kick off Rail Safety Week, the third year Utah has launched such a campaign.
The new message is “Stop. Trains Can’t.”
In 2018, the state hit a 22-year high for crashes at railroad crossings – 27 collisions, seven injuries and five deaths.
Distractions are the main concern. People using their phones and otherwise not paying attention end up in trouble.
The night before Monday’s announcement, Salt Lake City police said a distracted driver slammed into a Union Pacific train that was already rolling through the intersection.