By Alexa Williams
West Texas is one of the most dangerous places in the nation for railroad crossing collisions but Union Pacific is hoping to change that. Over the past five years, there have been almost 60 train collisions at railroad crossings in the Basin. Most of which have flashing lights and guardrails.
Union Pacific has a program called UP Cares. Through the program, they educate the community on railroad crossing safety. On Monday in Big Spring, Union Pacific Police and Big Spring Police were out in full force catching drivers ignoring the railroad crossing laws.
"When the lights come on and the gates come down, that crossing is technically closed. You don't go through it unless you're waived through by law enforcement or by a member of the train crew,"
John Schumacher, Special Agent with Union Pacific, said.
Schumacher explained the main problem is people not paying attention and 18-wheelers not completely crossing the tracks.