Fourteen people have died at rail crossings or on railroad property so far this year, Echo Press reports. That's compared to 11 in all of 2011. "A freight train moving at 50 mph may need more than a mile to stop,” said Bill Gardner, MnDOT’s freight, rail and waterways director.
Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are reminding motorists and pedestrians to obey laws and follow safety tips when at or near railroad tracks.
Two people were hit and killed by trains last month, one near Northfield, Minn., and one in Fargo.