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Tuesday, August 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Collisions predicted in Spokane and Kootenai Counties

The Federal Railroad Administration calculates the probability of a train-vehicle collision in the next year for 120,000 railroad crossings in the country - that's 2,371 highway-rail crossings total in Washington, 205 crossings in Spokane County, and 55 crossings in Kootenai County.

The probability measure ranks crossings using a variety of factors including traffic volume (of both trains and vehicles), type of warning signs, a train's maximum allowed speed and five years of accident history.

While the agency stresses the number does not necessarily indicate imminent danger, it touts the accident prediction analysis as an "indispensable information resource" that helps states and companies "raise the awareness of the potential dangers at public highway-rail intersections." The analysis "provides an indication that conditions are such that one crossing may possibly be more hazardous than another."

As rail traffic is projected to rise, throughout the state this year, residents and local officials along this rail corridor have expressed concern that railroad crossings, without proposed bridging projects, could become more congested.

The following maps show detailed information about each railroad crossing in Spokane County. For analysis of this data, read the companion story.

Heatmap of the most hazardous crossings

Source: Federal Railroad Administration // Office of Safety Analysis

Interactive map of selected crossings and their statistics

Click on any point to get more information about a specific crossing

Source: Federal Railroad Administration // Office of Safety Analysis

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