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Windsor encourages residents to be safe when crossing railroads

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Windsor encourages residents to be safe when crossing railroads

With summer events right around the corner, the town of Windsor has some reminders for the community about railroad crossing safety.

"For the safety of our community, it is important for us to cross at designated crossings, especially around Boardwalk Park," Windsor Chief of Police Richard Klimek said in a news release from the town. "We often see people cross the tracks near the lake trail, putting their life and the lives of the train personnel in danger."

Despite the town's recent Quiet Zone designation, trains will sound horns in the case of emergency, including when individuals are present on tracks, according to the release. For more information on the Quiet Zone designation, visit windsorgov.com/1082/Quiet-Zone.

The town is giving residents the following railroad safety tips from Operation Lifesaver:

 The only safe place to cross is at a designated roadway crossing or public crossing with a railroad crossing sign, flashing red lights or a gate. Those crossing at any other place can be ticketed or fined for trespassing.

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 Trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the engineer sees a person on the tracks, a freight train moving at 55 mph can take a mile or more, 18 football fields, to stop once the emergency brakes are applied.

 Trains and cars don't mix. Never race a train to the crossing.

 Never drive around lowered gates — it's illegal and deadly. If a signal may be malfunctioning, call the emergency number posted on or near the crossing signal or call Windsor Police at (970) 674-6400.

 Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a crossing only if tracks can be completely cleared without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.

 If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks with a train coming, get out immediately and quickly move away from the tracks in the direction the train is coming from. If you run in the same direction as the train, you could be injured by flying debris when the train hits your car.

 Always expect a train. Freight trains do not follow set schedules; be alert.

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