Residents Urged to Stay off Railroad Tracks-Reminded to Always Expect a Train

Friday, Dec. 21 2007
Residents Urged to Stay off Railroad Tracks, Reminded to Always
Expect a Train
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec 21, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --
With the winter holidays approaching, CSX Transportation (CSXT) asks
you to stay safe and stay off railroad tracks. That means walk, sit,
ski or snowmobile somewhere other than railroad tracks and property,
where hundreds of people are killed or injured nationwide each year.
"Trains do not take holidays," said Cliff Stayton, CSXT director of
Public Safety Awareness. "In fact, CSXT trains will be running
throughout the Christmas and New Year's holidays. For safety's sake,
residents should stay away from all railroad property. Always expect
a train."
Consider the following facts about the dangers of trespassing on
railroad property:
-- Train tracks are private property. Walking or riding on any
railroad
right of way or other railroad property without the
permission of the
railroad is trespassing and illegal. Violators will be
prosecuted, and
they risk the possibility of serious, even fatal, injury.
-- Trains do not operate on a predictable schedule, and they can
move in
either direction at any time. Always expect a train!
-- Trestles are not built to be sidewalks or pedestrian bridges.
Bridges
and tunnels only have room for trains to pass. Trespassing on
railroad
bridges and in tunnels increases the chances of serious
injury or
death.
-- Highway-rail intersections should only be crossed at
designated
pedestrian or roadway crossing locations. Look for a second
train
moving from either direction.
-- Locomotives weigh approximately 200 tons. Trains with 100
railcars can
weigh more than 6,000 tons. An automobile being hit by a
train is
proportional to a soda can being hit by a car.
-- Trains cannot stop quickly! A freight train traveling at 55
miles per
hour needs more than a mile to stop. That's equal to 18
football
fields.
-- Trains can overhang the tracks by three feet on each side.
Straps or
other tie downs may extend even farther. Standing next to the
tracks
is dangerous.CSXT has posted at every rail crossing a toll
free number -- 1-800-232- 0144 -- that citizens should use to call
the company's Public Safety Coordination Center to report an unsafe
act or accident on CSXT railroad property.
CSX Transportation Inc. is a principal operating company of CSX
Corporation.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading
transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and
rail-to-truck transload services. The Company's transportation
network spans 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the
District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and
lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its
subsidiaries is available at the Company's website,
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