Wisconsin's railroad safety improved this year, but it hasn't come cheap.

Wisconsin train accidents were down 39% during the first half of 2006 as compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary data released by the Federal Railroad Administration . State Railroad Commissioner Rodney Kreunen says he's gratified that the expensive process of making the state's rail crossings safer is paying off. “We have very limited funds,” notes Kreunen. “We spend $125,000 to $150,00 per crossing to upgrade them.”

Nationwide, U.S. railroads are on track to record their safest year in history in terms of train accidents and employee safety, but Kreunen reminds motorists that they still need to do their part. “Just remember, the train always wins,” he says.

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