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Stop Track Tragedies: Driving Safely

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Being safe around trains includes any time you come in contact with trains or tracks, as a passenger, pedestrian or a vehicle driver. Most train-vehicle accidents can be avoided if you remember to always remain aware when coming into contact with crossings.

Below is a by-the-numbers look at train-vehicle facts:

333 – Number in millions of vehicles that cross railroad tracks every day.

274 – Number of people killed in 2017 at highway-rail grade crossing collisions.

735 – Number of people killed in 2017 trespassing on railroad property.

18 – Number of football fields it takes a freight train, traveling at 55mph, to stop.

50 – Percentage of vehicle/train collisions that occur at crossings with active warning devices (lights, gates, bells).

211,600 – Approximate number of at-grade highway-rail crossings in the U.S.

40 – Times you are more likely to die in a crash with a train than you are to die in an automobile crash.

3 – Average time, in hours, between each incident where a vehicle or pedestrian is struck by a train.

Remember to follow these simple tips to drive safely near trains and crossings:

  • Trains and cars don’t mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.
  • The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied.
  • Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the emergency number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency

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1 Comment »

  1. It sounds great, but you need to add more schedules on Union Station and San Bernardino, so we don’t have to wait up almost three hours. Cut the number of trains down may be to two so we can have more schedules. I am waiting for this happens!!1 Iva😖

    On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 2:06 PM Metrolink Matters wrote:

    > Metrolink Matters posted: ” Being safe around trains includes any time you > come in contact with trains or tracks, as a passenger, pedestrian or a > vehicle driver. Most train-vehicle accidents can be avoided if you remember > to always remain aware when coming into contact with crossi” >

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