While trains have their own path to follow, at times that path does intersect with other vehicles. Railroad crossings have been the platform for very severe and fatal accidents. Train operators do have much less control of circumstances than do persons operating a vehicle. A train cannot be stopped immediately and cannot quickly change direction. So when the driver of a car, or even an individual on foot, does not show proper regard for safety in or around a railroad crossing they are putting themselves in grave danger and often times there is nothing the train operator can do to avoid a collision. That being said, there is a heavy responsibility on the part of the conductor of a train and the railroad to be sure that railways, railroad crossings, and the trains themselves are maintained and operated in a safe manner and according to the laws for Railroad safety.
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