SOUTH ROXANA, IL (KPLR) - Illinois is one of the top three states for fatalities at railroad crossings, and Union Pacific is trying to change that. For several hours Tuesday morning the railroad ran one of its locomotives back and forth at a train crossing near South Roxana, while an Illinois State Trooper watched from a nearby field.
When drivers ignored the red lights at the crossing, the trooper pulled them over.
By the end of the day, 15 drivers had been stopped and ticketed.
During our interview with the railroad spokesperson, you will see two cars in the background trying to beat the train by running the lights.
On average, Illinois has 20 to 30 crossing fatalities a year, putting the state behind Texas and California.