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(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be working with members of the Missouri Operation Lifesaver program in Howell County to raise the awareness level for crossing safety and trespass prevention.

Troopers will be talking with motorists briefly in advance of certain railroad crossings, reminding them of the dangers associated with the crossings, and giving them several safety tips for approaching the railroad tracks.

Officers and personnel from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, BNSF Railway, Missouri Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, and Operation Lifesaver volunteers will be handing out materials at various railroad crossings in Howell County on Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2.

Over the past two years, six crossing crashes have occurred in Howell County resulting in one fatality and two injuries. In addition, two trespass incidents have resulted in two fatalities in the county during the same time span. Crossing crashes increased 17% in Missouri in 2011, with fatalities rising from eight to 13. Targeting the counties with the highest rates of incidents will be implemented throughout 2012.

Additional information or statistics may be found at www.ShowMeOL.org or the national website at www.oli.org.

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