By David Mittleman

America has a long history of relying on railroads to move people and products from one side of the continent to the other. That’s a lot of ground to cover, and it takes about 140,000 miles of railroad track criss-crossing the country to make it all happen. Add that to the more than 160,000 miles of highway, and you get a lot of railroad crossings. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are over 38,000 locations where railroad tracks cross roadways. Unfortunately, each crossing is a potential tragedy waiting to happen.

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