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Washington's Trains Safer than Ever

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington's railways are safer than ever before.

According to a new report from the Association of American Railroads, Washington's railroad accidents fell by 24% in 2007.

Industry experts say billions of dollars invested recently into train safety around the country is making railways the safest they've ever been.

Washington is one of 34 states that saw an accident decrease in 2007.  

The 17 less accidents mark a 24% fall from 2006.  Experts attribute the better numbers to increased employee training and an emphasis on safety.

"They know what to do and how to do it so that there's no accidents that are just happening across the place," said industry expert William Clyburn. 

Stats show the railroads invested about $9.4 billion in safety last year.  

Experts say freight rail is now the safest way to transport goods.