In 2013, highway-rail incidents and trespassing fatalities increased compared to the past three years, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Half of all railway crashes occur within a five-mile radius of your home. And most fatalities associated with trains are avoidable.
If you see a train approaching, wait for it to pass before crossing the tracks. Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and deadly.
What you can do!
Don't cross the tracks. Any approaching train is always closer, moving faster, than you think.
Stay alert around railroad tracks. No texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train.
Never walk on tracks. It is illegal trespass and highly dangerous.