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Texas ranks No. 1 for railroad accidents in U.S.

San Antonio has seen spike in railroad related accidents in 2019

Texas tops the list for the number of railroad crossing accidents with a total of 1,223 accidents from 2014 to 2018, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Texas is the only state to break the 1,000 mark in that time period, with California coming in at No. 2 with 801 accidents.

San Antonio has experienced a high number of train accidents so far this year.

Five pedestrians were hit by trains in April in San Antonio and a New Braunfels woman was killed by a commuter train in May.

A man died May 20 after being struck by a train on the Southeast Side after police reported that he was sitting on the tracks.

On June 2, a man died after he walked in front of an oncoming train near downtown.

"Despite being largely preventable, the U.S. Department of Transportation is making new efforts to increase railway awareness and safety," according to InjuryClaimCoach.com.

Never sit, walk, run, stand, or play near train tracks.

Never try to beat a train in your vehicle or on foot, and cross tracks only at designated crossings.

 


About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT including the Austin bombings, the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the Dallas police ambush and Hurricane Harvey.