- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - Freight train speed limit has been upped to a maximum 40 mph through some of the busiest areas of Corinth.

The Daily Corinthian reports (https://bit.ly/1GCmImV ) Norfolk Southern recently increased the speed from a maximum of 25 mph.

The company operates the east-west line that travels through Corinth from Memphis to Charleston, South Carolina. An average of 31 trains pass through Corinth on this line each day.

Norfolk spokeswoman Susan Terpay says the change is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety by increasing train traffic fluidity.

Terpay says statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions and traffic delays occur at slower train speeds.

She says warning devices at the each of crossings will properly activate when the faster moving trains are approaching.

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Information from: The Daily Corinthian.

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