(WBRE/WYOU-TV) “Stop — Trains Can’t.” That’s the motto of a new campaign in our area aimed at keeping people safe.
Near railroad tracks on Thursday people gathered in Scranton for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s campaign. Members from PennDOT and the Northeast Regional Railroad Authority discussed how to keep residents safe near the tracks.
They hope to raise awareness of Rail Grade Crossing Safety and educate others about the dangers around tracks.
“The law actually leads, stop, look, and listen. And it’s important that the public heeds that. A train cannot stop. A train carrying 10,000 tons of freight, takes a mile to stop,” Explained Larry Malski, President Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority
In 2018.. 270 people were killed at railroad crossings. Over the last five years, there were 798 fatalities involving motor vehicles at railroad crossings — nationwide.
Learn more about the Safety Program: LINK
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