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Recently train accidents in our area have resulted in loss of life and injury. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, train accidents, lead to thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities every year. Here are some train safety tips to help educate your family. It is extremely difficult for trains to come to a stop even if they are moving somewhat slowly, their weight and momentum means that it could take a very long time for them to brake. Never assume that it is "safe" to cross a track due to the time of day. Trains can come from either direction. Even if the railroad crossing lights aren't blinking, look both ways before crossing. If you are waiting for a stop light or at an intersection, wait on either side of the track, keeping in mind that a train can be as much as six feet wider than the tracks themselves. Fatalities happen each year because people are caught in these situations with no way to escape an oncoming train. Trains always have the right-of-way. Drive smarter when approaching or crossing train tracks.
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