Railroad Blitz in Meridian

Mississippi transportation officials were in Meridian Friday, encouraging travelers to be safe at railroad crossings.

The department held a railroad blitz at the 18th Avenue railroad crossing.

Officials handed out literature about the dangers of rail crossings, reminding people to take special care when they drove over them.

Mississippi Department of Transportation says the number of rail crossing accidents went up last year, and it's trying to change that.

"Everyone knows it takes a train an extremely long time to stop, a lot longer than a car," said Kim Sloan of Mississippi Operation Lifesaver. "We all know that it's dangerous, you can't win when you try to beat the train, so still, there's still a number of incidences annually, and we want to bring about a reduction in those numbers. "

The railroad blitz is a partnership between Meridian and Bigbee Railroad, the MDOT rails enforcement, and Mississippi Operation Lifesaver.

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