Railroad crossing safety initiative


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Railroad deaths in the country are on the rise. 

Local agencies want to send a message to motorist and pedestrians about safety. “Stop. Trains Can’t” is a national campaign to get people to look both ways before crossing tracks and a reminder to never to stop on them. Thursday PennDot, Lackawanna County Highway Safety Program and the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority held an event to spread the message. 

In 2018 270 people were killed at Railroad crossings, nationwide. Since 2014 that number nearly triples. 

“Trains are always in the area you may not see them, you may not hear them but if there are tracks there’s a train,” said Lorie Ransom, General Superintendent of the Delaware Lackawanna Railroad. 

On the Lackawanna and Delaware Line, they’re anticipating 10,000 cars per year. When the line was established 35 years ago there were only 500 cars.

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