The Railway Safety (RWS) Section inspects railroad common carriers’ track, rolling stock and rail equipment operating in Alabama for compliance with state and federal safety standards and monitors compliance with regulations for Railroad Workplace Safety. All derailments and accidents involving trains must be reported to this section within 24 hours of the event’s occurrence.

The Commission does not oversee or regulate highway grade crossing activity or associated accidents. To report accidents or roads blocked by trains for long periods of time, contact the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Rail Highway Safety Section at 

RWS Staff Members:

Railway Safety Administrator: Chris Hester, 334-242-5980 (Office)

Motive Power & Equipment Inspector: Eddie Nix, 334-242-5981 (Office)

Track Inspector: Heath Thompson, 334-242-1641 (Office)

Accident Reports: RR.19@psc.alabama.gov, 334-242-5980 (Office)