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2/10/2003



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BNSF to caution truck drivers on terminal hazards


To enhance intermodal terminal safety, Burlington Northern Santa Fe recently revised its Industrial Truck Driver program to include a presentation on rail hazards.


BNSF officials plan to show truck drivers pictures that illustrate safe driving and loading techniques, and review a terminal's layout and rail violations. The program is offered in English and Spanish.


"An intermodal facility might look like a big parking lot, but tracks run in every direction," said Ron Garcia, BNSF field safety and support manager, in a prepared statement. "Understanding a facility's layout is particularly important so drivers don't inadvertently park on the tracks."


Yellow Freight Transportation recently agreed to enter its drivers into the program.


"The various trucking companies we work with … have bought into the new program and really want us to come and talk to their drivers," said Garcia.


On Feb. 6-7, BNSF presented the first retooled program to 120 Yellow Freight drivers in San Bernardino, Calif. In mid-February, the railroad plans to hold the next session in Los Angeles.


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