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Safety First!

According to the U.S. Dept. of
Transportation, there are over
5,000 train vs. car crashes
each year, most of which occur
at railroad crossings.
About 600 deaths and approximately
2,300 are injured each year.

Almost half of all crashes at railroad
crossings happen at crossings that
don't have automatic gates and
flashing lights.


Expect a train on any track at
any time.
Freight trains do not travel on a
regular schedule.
Passenger trains change schedules
several times a year, and they can
often run early or late.

Be cautious at a grade crossing at
any time of the day or night.

Watch out for the second train.
When you are at a multiple track
crossing and the last car of the train
passes the crossing, do not proceed
until you are sure that no other train is
coming on another track, especially
from the opposite direction.
A good habit is to count at least
five seconds before proceeding.

Never try to beat a train.
The stopping distance for
a freight train of approximately
6,000 tons, traveling at 55 mph,
is about one mile.
Your life is far more important than
getting to your destination
on time.

As You Approach The Crossing:


From a distance trains appear to be
moving much slower than they
actually are.

Never ignore flashing lights
or closing gates.

Never drive around a lowered gate
or go past the flashing red lights.

Slow down and look in both directions.
Be certain you don't see a train.
Don't always assume the gates and
flashing lights will be working.
Many crossings don't have gates,
only flashing lights.
And some tracks only have signs.
Roll down your window, turn down
your radio, be sure you can hear
warning whistles.

As You Begin To Cross:

Never enter a crossing unless you have
enough space to fully clear the tracks
on the other side.
If you drive a vehicle with manual
transmission, never shift gears while
on the tracks.
If the gate happens to come down after
you have started across, drive through it
even if it means breaking the gate.

If You Get Stuck On The Tracks:

If you get stuck on the tracks,
get out of your vehicle and
quickly move away from the tracks
in the direction of the approaching
train.

Immediately call 911 about your
stalled vehicle.
Provide the exact location of the
crossing, using the DOT/AAR
crossing number, which may
be posted on the crossbuck post
or signal pole, box, or bungalow,
and the name of the road or
highway which crosses
the tracks.