Do you agree these spots are Richmond’s most dangerous railroad crossings?

Posted at 11:39 PM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 23:39:07-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- In the wake of a train collision with a vehicle in North Carolina that injured more than 50, CBS 6 investigated the most dangerous intersections in Richmond.

The Federal Railroad Administration keeps those figures and publishes them online, here. A mobile app is even available for smartphones.

Under "Frequency of Crossing Collisions," during the years 2000-2015, the most dangerous in the state was found to be Broad Rock Boulevard and Belt Boulevard. A total of nine incidents have occurred there, according to federal records.

The most common cause is when vehicles stop on the tracks.

The second most dangerous intersection in Richmond is off the 7th Street exit from Interstate 95 north, near Hospital Street. That spot ranks 20th worst overall.

Tammy Arnette, with AAA said drivers should stop at least 15 feet from the tracks, but not so far that you cannot see what's coming.

"In the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train once every 100 minutes," Arnette said.