Operation Lifesaver Reminds the Public to Stay Safe Around Tracks and Trains

An approaching TEXRail train activates the crossing gates in Grapevine, Texas. The Lone Star State had the most highway-rail grade crossing collisions in 2021, followed by California and Georgia. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

As national media attention focuses on railroads in the wake of a recent derailment, rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) is reminding the public to stay away and stay off tracks, obey traffic warning signs and make safe choices around tracks and trains.

“Only trains belong on tracks. It’s illegal and dangerous for people to walk on or be too close to railroad tracks, which are private property,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “Vehicle-train collisions at railroad crossings and pedestrians walking on tracks account for 95% of all rail-related deaths. When you see tracks, always think train! Stay off, stay away and stay safe.”

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