Rail Safety Week begins Sept. 23

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WASHINGTON — The second Rail Safety Week kicks off on Sept. 23. This year’s theme is “Stop Track Tragedies.”

Rail Safety Week was first celebrated in 2017 to mark the 45th Anniversary of Operation Lifesaver. The week-long event is held in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation and a number of other organizations, including some Class I railroads. The goal  is to raise awareness about the dangers of railroads and to educate the general public on how they can be safe around the tracks.

About every three hours, a person or vehicle is struck by a train in the United States.

Union Pacific is helping launch a program called Safe Kids Worldwide to encourage children to stay off the tracks.

"Train accidents involving pedestrians and drivers are preventable and Union Pacific's year-round community partnerships help educate pedestrians and drivers about the safest ways to cross railroad tracks," says Rod Doerr, Union Pacific vice president and chief safety officer. "We are excited to announce this year's National Rail Safety Week initiatives include launching programs with Safe Kids Worldwide and a host of local organizations coming together to encourage safe behavior."

See the Operation Lifesaver website for more information.

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