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One Killed in Lincoln, Nebraska Train Crash

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NBC affiliate, WOWT has reported that one person was killed when an Amtrak train struck a car at a railroad crossing on the west side of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Police say one person was killed when an Amtrak train struck a car at a crossing on the west side of Lincoln.

Capt. Jim Thoms says the collision occurred at 5:57 a.m. Thursday.

He says the street will be closed for several hours. There was no word yet on the cause or on the identity of the victim.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the person killed in this tragic collision. This train crash is a tragic reminder of the dangers of railroad crossings.

There have been several tragic railroad crossing crashes in recent months — many due to defects and problems with the crossings themselves.

There were reports in New Jersey of railroad crossing signal malfunctions that caused warning lights to go off when no train was present. These malfunctions lead to train collisions.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad (BNSF) was fined $4 million for lying to a Minnesota court and attempting to cover up its role in a tragic train crossing crash that killed four people.

Missouri, Illinois and California all part of the top 10 deadliest states for railroad crashes.

You can learn more about how to protect yourself at railroad crossings at by visiting our railroad safety blog or web site.

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