Measures to Prevent Rail Accidents Would Be Costly, Complex: Experts

February 4, 2015 10:24 PM

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American railway systems are working to push through technology that would make trains safer, but experts say it would be extremely difficult and costly to create a system that prevents accidents like the fiery crash in New York on Tuesday night that involved a commuter train and an SUV stuck on the tracks.

"This was a behavioral incident," Jeff Stagl, the managing editor of the trade publication Progressive Railroading, told NBC News via email. "People just don't heed crossing gates and signs as they should."

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