Union Pacific Railroad representative Israel Maldonado shares rail safety tips
A no trespassing sign stands near the railroad tracks as a train passes in Downtown Lodi on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
- Tips for staying safe near trains
If you are a driver and find yourself stuck on the tracks while a train approaches, Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Israel Maldonado said the best thing to do is exit the vehicle, then run in the direction that the train approaching from, but away from the tracks at a 45 degree angle. This way, he said, a driver will be clear of any debris from the collision.
A dangerous new fad that’s popular among youngsters is daring friends to stand as close as possible to a moving train. Those standing too close to a moving train run the risk of getting dragged by the train or sucked underneath, Maldonado said.
Do not place objects like rocks, coins, spikes or cans on railroad tracks, as they are likely to be deflected by the train and back at you at a high rate of speed, if you stick around to watch.
Throwing objects at a moving train is also not a good idea, as the objects may bounce off the train and fly back at the throwers at a high rate of speed. In addition, Maldonado said, many engineers drive trains with the windows open. There were many incidents last year where engineers were hit by flying objects. One of those engineers lost an eye, he said.
— Source: Israel Maldonado, Union Pacific Railroad
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 am
Union Pacific Railroad’s Operation Lifesaver is a rail safety program that’s been in place for 42 years, but railroad officials are hoping to broaden their outreach to more than just city council presentations.
Israel Maldonado, a Union Pacific risk management representative, told Lodi City Council on Tuesday morning that he would like to visit local schools, churches and businesses to present safety and accident prevention tips for when drivers or pedestrians are near railroad tracks.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 am.
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