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Railroads require safety

May 24, 2012
By DAVE WERNER ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

At a recent Malone Rotary Club meeting, a speaker from CSX, the federal freight railroad system, addressed Rotarians about "Operation Lifesaver", a safety program about railroads. We rarely think of railroads as a threat to our safety, but this speaker reminded us that some 300 fatalities occur yearly in the US from vehicles getting hit by trains at railroad grade crossings, and another 400 plus people are killed by getting hit by a train while walking, snowmobiling, or otherwise trespassing on or along tracks. We also learned that there are some 3,000 collisions each year involving trains, resulting in 1,000 injuries in addition to the previously mentioned fatalities.



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