But after some digging, Todd Frankel, an enterprise reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, realized it wasnâ€™t an isolated incident.
â€œItâ€™s the leading cause of death on railroads,â€ Todd says. â€œIt surprised me because I assumed most deaths were at railroad crossings.â€
More investigation showed many railroad companies dismissed the injuries and deaths, saying the people who walk over the tracks are trespassing, Todd
Part two of the seriessays, â€œThe ability to find trespassing â€˜hot spotsâ€™ for focusing safety efforts has been crippled by lax reporting standards and by the railroadsâ€™ frequent refusal to help regulators study the collisions, the Post-Dispatch found.â€
biggest challenge was finding experts who knew about the issue. Â Attention regarding railroad safety generally centers on train crossings not paths used by pedestrians.
Aside from Federal Railroad
Administration accident data, there were few public records to access, he
Lawsuit depositions from employees and railway management showed the railways donâ€™t have policies for dealing with the problem, Todd
also found education efforts have been reduced.