Maine Operation Lifesaver Responds to Train Accidents
Maine Operation Lifesaver is urging people to be cautious at railroad crossings. No matter how fast or slow a train is going, it is extremely difficult for a train to make an emergency stop. Safety officials advise tapping the brakes when approaching a railroad crossing, and decreasing speed by five to ten MPH. “There can be a train coming anytime, any day, holidays, weekends, morning, noon, night. One of our slogans is, ‘always expect a train’. Always expect a train. You are 20 times more likely to die of your vehicle is hit by a train than another truck or a car or cement embankment or trees,” says Fred Hirsch of Maine Operation Lifesaver. For more information and train safety tips, visit www.maineol.org.