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Union Pacific outlines Rail Safety Week plans

The image is a still from a Union Pacific YouTube video on driver safety around rail crossings.
Photo – Union Pacific's YouTube account


Union Pacific Railroad announced yesterday its plans for marking National Rail Safety Week, Sept. 23-29.

UP is working with Safe Kids Worldwide as well as local organizations across the Class I's 23 states to improve the safety of drivers and pedestrians. In the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train about every three hours, UP officials said in a press release.

"Train accidents involving pedestrians and drivers are preventable and Union Pacific's year-round community partnerships help educate pedestrians and drivers about the safest ways to cross railroad tracks," said Rod Doerr, UP's vice president and chief safety officer.

Operation Lifesaver Inc., the national rail safety education nonprofit organization, is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation, railroads and other organizations to observe National Rail Safety Week.

UP's Rail Safety Week initiatives will provide information including the following tips for drivers and pedestrians:
• Always expect a train and look both ways before crossing;
• Only cross the tracks at designated railroad crossings, located where the street intersects with the tracks;
• Never walk between the rails or areas that are not designated crossings;
• Avoid distractions including loud music, texting or talking on cell phones when crossing the railroad tracks;
• Stay away from trains and other railroad property including trestles, yards and equipment; and
• Call the phone number posted at the crossing or 911 to report unsafe behavior on the tracks.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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