October 31, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Department of Transportation is considering safety improvements at some railroad crossings on roads with fast speed limits, including the site of last year's deadly crash between an Amtrak passenger train and a tractor-trailer that killed six and injured dozens.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the move comes amid criticism from rail personnel, a truck driver and others who say it's taken too long to make improvements.
Critics also say NDOT has failed to collect reports from train engineers who report close calls when they see vehicles struggle to stop in time at a crossing.
An NDOT safety engineer tells the newspaper the agency is looking at adding "active advance warning signs" on U.S. 95 and two other roads with 70-mph speed limits.
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