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Do you know what to do if you get stuck on railroad tracks?

Do you know what to do if you get stuck on railroad tracks?

Trains aren’t something we think a lot about in our area. They are seen more often in the bigger cities, but we can come into contact with them anywhere.

Operation Lifesaver, a rail safety education group, has these quick tips for staying safe around trains: 

  • Trains and cars don’t mix.
  • The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. 
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.
  • Never drive around lowered gates—it’s illegal and deadly. 
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. 
  • If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle. 
  • At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
  • When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.
  • ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules.

For more information, visit Operation Lifesaver online at https://oli.org/.

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