PHX has 5 of 15 rail crossings with most crashes

Posted at 10:56 AM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 16:58:32-04

Crossings along a roughly 4-mile stretch of track in metro Phoenix account for five of the top 15 U.S. road-railroad crossings with the most accidents in the past decade.

The Federal Railroad Administration says many of the crossings on a list released Thursday involve multiple-lane intersections in neighborhoods with significant truck traffic or have tracks crossings roadways on a diagonal.

The list included five crossings in Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona, along a Burlington Northern Santa Fe branch line that parallels multilane U.S. 60 with crossings at or near four intersections with multiple major streets.

Other places with crossings on the list include Ashdown, Arkansas; Elmwood Park, New Jersey; Muncie, Indiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Cleveland; Waycross, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee, and Houston.