This is the 10th fatality in Washington state this year involving people who have been hit by trains. Of the 10 deaths, 9 of the people were considered to be trespassers and one was at a pedestrian crossing.
Pedestrians are often ignorant of the dangers that railroad tracks pose. It is often devastating to train engineers to be involved in a collision in which a pedestrian is killed. Pedestrians often don’t realize that trains are traveling at speeds of up to 80 mph and that they can not stop for a pedestrian.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Railroad tracks and trestles are private property and people should not trespass.
- Only cross in designated public crossing.
- Be aware that trains overhang the tracks by at least 3 feet on either side of the track. Also, loose straps or other equipment may overhang further. STAND BACK.
- Do not cross the tracks after one train passes because there is often another train approaching in the opposite direction.
- Do not use train trestles to fish, hunt or bungee jump.
- Do not attempt to hop on and ride train equipment at any time.