CHICAGO (CBS) — A spike in the number of people killed at Illinois railroad crossings last year has safety experts worried.
Operation Lifesaver is trying to get out the message: you need to pay attention at train crossings.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup Continues
Last year, 21 people in Illinois died in collisions with trains, a surge of more than 61 percent, and a reversal of a decades-long downward trend.
Operation Lifesaver president Joyce Rose said a couple factors account for the increase.
“Our economy has been improving, and there’s more rail traffic. As a society, we’re probably more distracted now, with more electronic devices,” she said.READ MORE: At Least 10 Shot, 1 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago