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Maloney Statement After Train Carrying Members of Congress Strikes Garbage Truck

Jan 31, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement after a train carrying members of Congress on their way to the Republican retreat struck a garbage truck in Virginia. Only minor injuries have been reported. Rep. Maloney authored legislation passed into law in 2015 which helps states and local communities improve safety around rail-grade crossings.

“I’m praying for all my colleagues and their families as well as the driver who has passed.

“We’re extremely lucky that more people were not hurt, and this should serve as another wake-up call to get serious about investing in rail safety. Rail grade crossings are the site of most train-related accidents, which is why I wrote legislation to help states and local communities to make necessary safety upgrades. I hope more states take this issue seriously, and put these federal investments to use to help make these crossings safer.”

The Highway-Rail Grade Crossings Safety Act of 2015 was signed into law as part of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The legislation provides states and communities with more resources to prevent collisions at grade crossings and invests in protective safety devices to prevent future tragedies. States and communities can take significant steps toward making highway-rail grade crossings safer by building bridges and tunnels to separate roadways from rail track, installing improved lights and signals at crossings, and increasing public awareness of grade crossing danger.