Bus-Safety Training Planned
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.
--DAVID J. HOFF
Vol. 16, Issue 09