RAILROAD CROSSING SAFETY: Texas saw 36 deaths of trespassers on railroad tracks in 2018


The Tomball and Magnolia areas, home to both the Union Pacific Corp. and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail lines, were founded as railroad towns. The communities include dozens of highway-rail at-grade crossings, meaning the railway and roadway intersects on the same level. Texas leads the nation in its number of freight railroad miles, according to the Association of American Railroads, as well as in the number of highway-rail incidents in 2018, Federal Railroad Administration data shows.

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Anna Lotz
Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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