Phoenix area has 5 of 15 rail crossings with most accidents

PHOENIX (AP) — Crossings along a roughly 4-mile stretch of track in metro Phoenix account for five of the top 15 U.S. road-railroad crossings with the most accidents in the past decade.

The Federal Railroad Administration says many of the crossings on a list released Thursday involve multiple-lane intersections in neighborhoods with significant truck traffic or have tracks crossings roadways on a diagonal.

The list included five crossings in Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona, along a Burlington Northern Santa Fe branch line that parallels multilane U.S. 60 with crossings at or near four intersections with multiple major streets.

Other places with crossings on the list include Ashdown, Arkansas; Elmwood Park, New Jersey; Muncie, Indiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Cleveland; Waycross, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee, and Houston. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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