According to a safety analysis from the Federal Railroad Administration,
there were 20 railroad crossing deaths in Missouri in 2009.
More results from the analysis stated that over the past 10 years, 194
people have died in railroad accidents. Nationwide there are about 5,800
car vs. train accidents with the majority of the accidents, 75 percent,
occurring during daylight hours.
A train can take up to a mile to stop so even if the motorist is seen on
the tracks, the chances of the train being able to halt are slim. Years
ago, a public announcement urged motorists to “stop, look, and listen”
at a railroad crossing and the results from this analysis prove that this
is still sound advice.