One modern train engineer recently stated, “There are two types of train engineers—those who have hit someone on the tracks—and those who will.”
Why would he say that? Think about it for a moment, and put yourself in his place.
- Train engineers know the extreme distance it takes to bring a hulking moving train to a complete stop.
- A train going 50 miles per hour needs a mile and a half to stop.
- With that knowledge, engineers know they cannot do anything to prevent a crash in many cases.
- In a collision with a train, you are 40 times more likely to be killed than if you were in a collision with another car.
Remember these tips while driving near railroad crossings:
- Reduce speed when approaching crossings and look both ways.
- Turn down your stereo and listen for a train.
- If red lights are flashing or if crossing arms have been lowered, stop.
- Never stop on the tracks.
- Be sure ALL tracks are clear before crossing—there may be more than one set of tracks.