Railroad crossing safety reminder comes as summer break starts

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 3, 2015) – Wednesday is train safety awareness day, officially called International Level Crossing Awareness Day.

Leading into summer, it’s a reminder to stay safe around railroad crossings.

In the last month, Indianapolis-area emergency crews responded to three accidents involving trains.

One was last Friday at Mass Avenue and Rural Street downtown that sent the driver and an 8-year-old to the hospital.

The week before, a woman was hit and killed by a train in Lawrence.

Also, in mid-May, police say a car at Madison and Epler Avenues tried to beat a train and was hit. Four people inside the car were injured.

The group behind Wednesday’s reminder is called Operation Lifesaver.

They report that over half of all collisions are at crossings with flashing lights and gates.

In 2014, they say 49 people were injured at railroad crossings in Indiana.

Of the 270 fatalities nationwide in 2014, nine were in Indiana.

“Drivers need to pay attention to all these warning signs,” said Joyce Rose with Operation Lifesaver. “There’s always an advance warning sign with an ‘X’ through it that tells you a crossing is coming up, and then there’s a line in front of the crossing at least 15 ft. back. That’s a stop line.”

Now, especially with kids out of school for summer, they say talk to family members about safety around railroad tracks.

Click here for more information on Operation Lifesaver.

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