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An empty boxcar weighs about the same as a two-bedroom house, and can be filled with 300 tons of product. Two or three 200-ton locomotives can be pulling a 120-car train, loaded with 22 tons of fuel. "It's going to take that train longer to stop than what an engineer can typically see down the track," said George Warren, a former Burlington Northern Santa Fe engineer. (Brian Basham/Tribune)

Rail crashes take a toll

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All too often, a collision with a train is a deadly one. And there is nothing the train engineer can do about it.

But, with a little education, railroad crews hope to change the way the public reacts to trains, making crossings a safer place.

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