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On Tuesday, September 24th, The Wilmington police department will join the Amtrak Police Department and Operation Lifesaver, the nonprofit rail safety education organization, in participating in Operation Clear Track.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness and enforce state railroad crossing and trespassing laws.

During the event, police officers will be stationed at targeted railroad crossing locations to issue citations or warnings to violators.

Officials will also disseminate railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians.

In 2018, there were over 2,200 railroad crossing collisions involving motor vehicles nationwide, which resulted in over 560 injuries and over 170 fatalities.

109 of those collision occurred in Illinois, leaving 34 injured and 17 dead.