Columbia engineer instrumental in designing a system to keep trains safe

I got to write, photograph and video my first long-form multimedia piece for the Missourian and it was such a great experience! It involves me going to Kansas City, and Jefferson City to get photos and video.

The story focuses on Columbia native, Rick McGavock, and the role he’s played in progressing train safety over his career.

If positive train control had been available and widely adopted in 1969, it could have prevented 145 rail accidents that killed 288 people and injured 6,574.

Rick McGavock, a Columbia native has spent nearly two decades working on software and products that helps stop those crashes.