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The Lombard Police Department wants to promote safety for both motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks, in part with Illinois Rail Safety Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017.
In Illinois during 2016, there were 120 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 43 injuries and 22 fatalities. In addition, there were 39 trespasser incidents that resulted in 17 injuries and 22 fatalities when people trespassed onto railroad property. During 2016, Illinois ranked 3rd in the nation in vehicle collision fatalities and 6th in the nation in trespasser fatalities.
Residents are reminded to make safety a priority where railroad tracks and trains exist, and to please pass this information on to children.
If you would like more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org or contact the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.