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UP, Operation Lifesaver create safety campaign to address Oregon town's trespassing troubles

During the next few weeks, Union Pacific Railroad and Oregon Operation Lifesaver Inc. will implement a safety campaign in Salem, Ore., designed to reinforce public awareness about railroad operations and prevent trespassing. The campaign is a response to four recent fatal accidents in Salem involving trains and pedestrians.

UP will install additional signs and improve fencing along its rights of way; Operation Lifesaver officials will conduct safety presentations for local organizations.

Last year, U.S. railroads reported 507 deaths and 391 injuries resulting from people walking on tracks and railroad property.

Public misconceptions about railroad operations and an increasing number of trespassing incidents led to Operation Lifesaver Inc.'s formation in 1972. The Class Is assist the independent organization, which promotes educational programs designed to prevent trespassing injuries and fatalities.

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