Since 1990, more than 5,000 people have been killed while walking on railroad rights-of-way and at railroad crossings. Thousands more have suffered serious injuries.
Pedestrians should be cautious and follow these guidelines.
- Use only designated pedestrian or roadway crossings to cross tracks and obey all crossing warning signals.
- Never race a train. It can take a mile or more to stop a train.
- Don’t stand next to a moving train. Trains overhang the tracks by a few feet in both directions and any loose straps hanging from rail cars can extend even further.
- The only safe place to cross is at a designated public crossing.
- Do not cross the tracks immediately after a train passes. A second train might be blocked by the first.
- Do not cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it is safe to do so.
- Do not use railroad trestles for hunting, fishing or bungee jumping. There is only enough clearance on the tracks for a train to pass.
- It is illegal and dangerous to walk down a train track.
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