This year, 10 people have died either by walking on tracks or being struck by a train at a railroad crossing in North Carolina.
These deaths could have been prevented by following a few safety tips:
- Always expect a train when coming to a railroad crossing. Modern trains can be difficult to hear and trains always have the right of way
- Never pose for photos on railroad tracks. Walking on railroad tracks is illegal and can be deadly
- Don’t put yourself or others at risk by driving around lowered crossing arms. Keep your vehicle behind the white line
The goal of National Rail Safety Week, which was held this week, is to increase awareness and educate the public about railroad safety.