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Eye on Energy: Train Safety

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Collision statistics for all motor vehicles entering rail-intersections have increased by 69 percent since 2009--that's according to the North Dakota Safety Council.

That's why for the third year in a row, the safety council and a group known as Operation Lifesaver are taking this week to promote rail-awareness.

They're focusing on truck transportation--an area that has experienced three times as many wrecks as it did just five years ago.

(Peter Pomonis, North Dakota Safety Council Coordinator) "Especially here in the Bakken, we are reaching out to professional truck-drivers. Just want them to remember that trains don't run on schedules, and that they should always be aware and expect a train at anytime."

They said a significant amount of the wrecks occur in the Northwestern part of North Dakota, and believe it to be from the population expansion and oil-industry growth.

(Steve Kukowski, Sheriff) "The percentage of trucks that we have has grown tremendously. The number of pick-up's that we have, the volume has increased so much. So when that many more vehicles come, you are going to have that many more accidents."

Highway Patrolmen will travel with train staff tomorrow in an effort to prevent future wrecks and fatalities.

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