VIDEO - The state Department of Transportation used a railroad crossing in Star last week to film a video about rail safety. The staged crash between a train and a remote-controlled automobile drew a large crowd on onlookers and emergency personnel. Crash dummies, cameras and data sensors were installed in the vehicle to help officials learn about the impacts from such collisions.

This is the first time a moving motor vehicle simulating a motorist’s attempt to beat a train to a crossing has been done in North Carolina. To date this year, there have been 21 crossing crashes statewide. Five of these were fatal and six resulted in injuries.