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The U.S. Department of Transportation is sending trainers to school districts to give bus drivers tips on how to safely negotiate railroad crossings.

The trainers will use an 18-minute video produced by Operation Lifesaver, a Washington nonprofit group, and will rely on advice from train engineers, according to Secretary of Transportation Federico F. Pena, who announced the program last week at a news conference.

The effort is the heart of the initiative Mr. Pena started in 1994 to improve safety at railroad crossings. The department last year put a special emphasis on school bus safety after a Chicago commuter train crashed into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Ill., killing seven students and injuring 24 others.

A separate task force is recommending long-term solutions, such as safe ways to design highways that cross railroad tracks, Mr. Pena said.


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