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UP sees fewer crossing accidents

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.

Union Pacific Railroad said the number of crossing accidents systemwide and in its Wichita service unit declined in 2013.

The Omaha-based company said in a news release that its “public safety incident rate” declined 7 percent to a rate of 2.22 crossing accidents per million train miles last year.

UP said that its Wichita unit saw a greater decline: from a rate of 3.94 in 2012 to 1.81 in 2013, a 54 percent decrease. The Wichita unit oversees more than 1,100 miles of track in eastern and south-central Kansas, central and eastern Oklahoma and west-central Arkansas.

“Though our public safety metric improved in 2013, the goal is always zero incidents,” Bob Grimaila, UP’s vice president of safety, security and environment, said in the release.

The company attributed the year-over-year declines to outreach, enforcement, education and an advertising safety campaign.

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