Tool can help you find rail crossings ranked high for predicted accidents

After last week’s deadly train derailment near Mendon, Missouri, KMBC 9 Investigates found a straightforward tool that checks the probability of an accident at a rail crossing.

The Federal Railroad Administration’s Web-Based Accident Prediction Formula can help determine the chances of a predicted collision between a vehicle and a train.

It can also help state and local authorities determine the next steps to improve safety at railroad crossings.

It does not rank crossings in terms of most to least dangerous. Instead, the tool can use data like accident rates, number of crossings and the number of trains to rank the possibility of a train vehicle collision.