Despite many efforts of safety advocates, car versus train collisions continue to be a problem in Illinois. Chip Pew with the Illinois Commerce Commission says motorists need to always act as if a train is coming.
Pew adds many people will ignore train tracks because they haven't seen a train in many days.
Pew says More than 67 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices such as flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells.
Nationally, Illinois is second only to Texas in the total number of highway-rail crossings with over 8,400 highway-rail grade crossings, over 800 of which are on state roads, and more than 7,600 of which are on local roads.