OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - This year at least ten people have died at railroad crossings in our state. That's according to the Federal Railroad Administration. This morning, an outreach campaign will take place at some railroad crossings in Ocean Springs to teach people about safety.
The two hour Railroad Safety Blitz begins at 9 a.m. near the railroad crossings on Ocean Springs Road, Washington Avenue, Bechtel Boulevard and Fountainbleau Road. Area residents and motorists will receive safety brochures.
Crossing blitzes are held throughout the year in various counties statewide to increase awareness and reduce the numbers of fatalities where roadways intersect with train tracks.
"Mississippi is currently ranked number twenty in the nation for highway-rail grade crossing fatalities," said Kim Sloan, Executive Director of Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, Inc. "That is the reason why we are going to continue to work on making the public aware of these incidences, and we are hopeful that by instilling our "Look, Listen and Live" message, we can decrease the number of fatalities and injuries statewide."
The railroad blitz is a partnership between MDOT Rails Enforcement Officers and area law enforcement, in conjunction with Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
Patrice Clark will be there for this lifesaving outreach, and on WLOX.com and WLOX News she will share what she and other motorists learned.