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NTSB to hold special hearing on pedestrians hit/killed on railroads

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The National Transportation Safety Board is set to convene a special hearing into the high number of pedestrians who are struck and killed on railroad tracks each year.

Robert Sumwalt, NTSB Board member, "People think, oh surely I'll hear a train coming. But people don't hear the trains and they get struck and they get killed."

The NTSB says train accidents involving pedestrians jumped sharply last year, with 945 people struck by trains, 2-3 every day, and more than 500 killed.

The NTSB is looking at ways to keep people off the rails.  But there's roughly 200,000 miles of railroad track across the country. Fencing it all off and maintaining it simply isn't practical.

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