Video highlights train crossing dangers

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DENVER -- FOX31 Denver rode along on a local train through Denver, part of Operation Lifesaver.

We watched as cars, trucks, even a Fed Ex truck raced the train, breaking the law.

You could hear the train whistle and see the crossing lights flashing, but dozens of vehicles ignored that and sped across the tracks.  Police handed out up to 60 tickets.

Operation Lifesaver spokesman Craig Peters says the train is less than 20 seconds away once the whistle blows and the lights are flashing.

He says it can take a train up to a mile to come to a full stop.  He says in 2010, 500 people died nationally in accidents between vehicles and trains. And 600 pedestrians died after being hit by a train.

He says whenever you come to a railroad crossing, make sure you listen for the whistle and look for the flashing signal lights.

We showed FedEx a picture of their truck crossing the track and they issued this statement:

"Safety is a core value at FedEx.  We hold our drivers to stringent safety standards and they are required to follow local, state and federal traffic laws.  FedEx is committed to safety and will investigate this incident and take appropriate action."