The Colorado Department of Transportation is dedicating this week's observation of Rail Safety Week to the memory of the two victims who died Friday in a crash in Bent County involving a train.

An Amtrak train wrecked into a vehicle at a marked crossing on U.S. 50, killing both occupants of the vehicle.

As part of Rail Safety Week, CDOT, along with Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Livesaver Canada are release new videos in their ongoing public awareness campaign aimed at saving lives near railroad tracks.

According to CDOT, the campaign is called #STOPTrackTragedies and features videos with the personal stories of people impacted by rail crossing or trespassing incidents — including victims, friends and family members.

One video will be released each day over the course of Rail Safety Week, and the full campaign can be seen at or

In addition to that, new videos released Monday by CDOT provide warnings about crossing railroad tracks where there may not be gates or signals, which are known as passive crossings.

Such crossings are common in rural areas of the state, and CDOT said Friday's fatal crash in Bent County involved a passive crossing in a rural area.

Between 2013 and 2017 in Colorado 14 people were killed and 36 were injured in vehicle-train crashes, according to CDOT. Every year in North America 2,100 people are killed or seriously injured around tracks and trains.

CDOT works with Operation Livesafer to prevent crashes from happening at rail crossings.

Upgrading high accident exposure at grade railroad crossings statewide with warning lights and gates is part of the CDOT Whole System Whole Safety program.

“In Colorado, and nationwide, safety at railroad grade crossings is a critical issue that we must address through improvements like signals and through reinforcing the need for all travelers to be especially careful at these intersections” Shoshana Lew, executive director of CDOT, said in a statement. “Rail Safety Week comes at an especially sad time, on the heels of a tragic rail crossing accident last week, and we must stay focused on our core mission, to save lives and get everyone home safely.”

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