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Mishawaka officials stress train safety


When trains are involved in vehicle accidents, the consequences are often grave and can be fatal.  That's why officers from Norfolk Southern and Mishawaka PD are out teaching people about dangers of railroad crossings.

Besides the obvious stuff like obey all traffic signals they also say trespassing on railroad tracks can be dangerous.  In addition to the danger you can also be arrested for trespassing on railroad property.

"Which means if you have an encounter with a train, more likely than not it's going to be fatal, and quite often the injuries that occur are quite catastrophic," says Gary Hedgepath of Norfolk Southern Police.

It does happen.  Last year two people were killed by trains in Saint Joseph County alone.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has the following advice to help keep you safe near railroad tracks:

  • Trains do not run on set schedules. They can be on any track, at any time, going in either direction
  • Always yield the right of way to the train. The train cannot yield to you.
  • Never ignore active warnings at crossings.
  • Trains will arrive at a crossing faster than you anticipate.
  • Look and listen when you see advance warning signs indicating a rail-highway crossing.
  • Don't pass approaching railroad crossings.
  • Before starting across the tracks, be sure there's room to get completely across.
  • When running away from a vehicle stuck on tracks, run away from the tracks at an angle in the direction of the approaching train.
  • When crossing has more than one track, don't try to cross immediately after the end of the train passes -- there may be another train approaching on the second track.


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