Railroad Safety Precautions
The following tips can help to avoid accidents and injuries associated with trains tracks and railroad crossings:
Always expect a train at each rail intersection; heed railroad crossing signals and never drive around barriers or lowered safety gates.
Never walk or drive motorized vehicles on train tracks, in railroad tunnels, or on railroad bridges. Not only is it illegal, it is highly dangerous. Always maintain a safe distance from tracks as train cars can protrude up to three feet beyond the rails.
Never place items on railroad tracks or throw objects at moving trains.
Remember that many vehicles are required by law to stop at railroad crossings (school buses, public transport vehicles, etc.). Be alert when nearing railroad tracks – do not text, talk on a cell phone or become distracted as it may hinder you from hearing an approaching train or seeing warning signals.
Even if the track looks abandoned, assume it is still operational. Be aware that not all approaching trains can be heard; any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than you think.
If you witness a railroad accident, contact local emergency personnel immediately by dialing 911. From a safe distance, look for any markings or rail signage to indicate to responders the exact railway line and its location on the rail system. If a de-railed car is emitting any fumes or substances, move away from the area quickly and notify emergency personnel.
NOTE: It takes a train traveling at 55 mph at least one mile of track to come to a stop.