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Saturday is National Train Day

Steve Wagner

May 10th, will be the 7th annual National Train Day, which is a day that celebrates trains, all their uses, and their relevance and function in our modern world.

For Wagner Reese, National Train Day has a special significance, because it is a time when we help raise awareness for train safety. Last year, the Federal Railroad Administration reported there were over 2000 collisions with trains, as well as 251 fatalities, and 929 injuries suffered from train accidents.

Most people assume that if a train is coming, lights and bells and guardrails will alert them. Another common assumption is that standing near the tracks is safe as long as you are not on the tracks themselves. However, a large portion of the injuries and deaths that occur, happen when people think they are safely out of harms way. The truth is, alert systems malfunction and don’t always alert properly and/or timely, and trains take up a much larger berth than just the tracks themselves. If you are standing or walking anywhere near the tracks, you are not only violating private property and trespassing, you are also in great danger of being injured.

When it comes to trains, you cannot be too cautious. Take the extra time to stop at train crossings, even if there are no active alerts. Look both ways on the tracks and check for signs of movement or activity. If you are walking, avoid the tracks altogether except for designated crossing areas. And remember, always be sure to check for visual and audible signs of a train before you cross, and never linger on the tracks.

We want to see the number of injuries and accidents majorly reduced in 2014. Will you partner with us to celebrate National Train Day, and raise awareness for safety on the tracks?


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