Projects and Stories: Death on the rails
Each year about 500 people are killed walking the nation's railroad tracks. It is the leading cause of death on railroads, more common than motorists killed at crossings or workers killed in accidents. Walking on the tracks is trespassing, but little is done to stop people from crossing or walking along the tracks. The 3-day series "Death on the Rails" by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and stltoday.com examines pedestrian deaths on railroads and how the industry fights regulation that could prevent many incidents.