There are approximately 225,000 public, private and Pedestrian at grade highway-rail grade crossings in the United States. Nationally about 50 percent of highway-rail intersection collisions occur when active warning devices (gates, flashing lights, or combination of both) are in operation at the time of the crashes.

Kentucky ranks 7th in the number of rail carloads handled and has over 4875 public and private crossings with 14 active railroads with 2790 operated miles. From 2004 - 2006 Kentucky has had 23 fatalities and 88 incidents. 48% of those incidents were automobile related and 18% were pick-up trucks.

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