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Railroad Safety Tips
Always expect a train. Trains operate on one or more tracks at any time in either direction.
Pay attention at railroad crossings. Signs and signals indicate where to stop and when trains are coming.
Trains cannot swerve or stop quickly. Passenger trains traveling 80 mph take about 2,200 feet to stop or the length of seven football fields.
You cannot judge the speed or distance of a moving train. Moving trains create optical illusions, appearing to move slower and be farther away than they actually are.
Never go around lowered crossing gates or through flashing lights at railroad crossings. These warning devices indicate a train is coming.
Do not get caught on tracks. Be sure there is room on the other side to completely clear tracks before crossing.
Never stop on tracks. If gates begin to lower, continue crossing until you clear tracks.
If your car stalls, immediately get out of your car and away from the tracks. Call 911 for assistance.
Prepare to stop behind school and commercial buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials. These vehicles must stop at railroad crossings.

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