Train crashes are tragic reminders of the risks of road traffic.
They can also serve as a reminder that our roads are not as safe as they should be.
A train collided with a tree in Pennsylvania’s Pennsylvanian countryside, killing at least five people and injuring at least 70 others.
It’s the latest in a series of deadly accidents in the United States that have been blamed on road rage and other issues.
“It was a tragedy,” said Tom McArthur, a professor of political science at University of Pennsylvania.
“But it’s also a reminder of just how dangerous our roads can be.”
The train was travelling east on the Interstate 95 corridor in Pennsylvania when it ran a red light and struck the tree.
“It is a terrible reminder that we need to make sure that our laws are enforced and our roads have better signage,” McArthur said.
“We need to keep our streets safe.”
A number of accidents have occurred in the past year in the US, including one involving a train on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which was forced to close for a few hours due to a car wreck.
The Pennsylvanians who died in the train crash are among several hundred people who have died on US roads this year.
At least 21 people died in a car crash in Virginia last month, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
According to a report released by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on March 3, there were more than 3,200 crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists, moped drivers, and other drivers in the nation, the most in a single day since January 2016.
This was up from 1,600 on March 1, a week earlier, the report said.
In total, more than 5,000 people were killed on US roadways last year.